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 second meeting of the Member of Parliament Interest Group on Brain, Mind and Pain took place on June 24th in the European Parliament in Brussels. The theme of the event was ‘Preventing Neurological and Chronic Pain Disorders’. The event was hosted by Romanian centre-left MEP Damian Draghici
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.