The Societal Impact of Pain - Road Map for Action is a policy instrument directed towards European institutions and EU governments to tackle chronic pain in Europe. More than 55 international organisations endorse the Road Map.
The UK charity Pain Concern conducted interviews with speakers at the 5th Symposium on the Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) to find out how patient groups, healthcare professionals and policy makers are coming together to push pain up the agenda.
Officially launching the group, MEP Marian Harkin stressed the impact and prevalence of neurological and chronic pain disorders. 1 in 3 Europeans are affected by a brain disorder and 1 in 5 by chronic pain. This is rising due to the ageing population. The annual cost of brain disorders in Europe is EUR 800 billion – this is 6% of GDP. The cost of chronic pain could add a further 3% of GDP.
Pain is a challenging area to understand for any healthcare professional, and quality training on the subject is required if nurses are to provide effective pain management and person-centred care. Based on the curriculum developed by the International Association for the Study of Pain, this book offers an essential guide to managing pain.