November 17-18th , 2014
Considering the announcement of the Italian Government in the media that they intend to list Chronic Pain and Palliative Care as Healthcare Priorities during their Presidency of the EU Council in 2014 the SIP programme committee decided to host SIP 2014 in the second half of the year. Please save the dates November 17-18th , 2014 , more details to follow.
Did you miss SIP 2013 Focus Groups? No problem!
Make-Over for SIP annual meeting!
New set-up: SIP 2013 Focus Groups
For 2013 the SIP Programme Committee came up with a new setup for the SIP annual event. After three SIP Symposia, name, structure and contents will change: this year there will be organized the first SIP 2013 Focus Groups: two days, two different groups, two distinct topics of interest!
During the last three years the European Federation of IASP Chapters (EFIC) and Grünenthal have organized three symposia on the Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) in Europe. Each symposium lasted two days and introduced different aspects of the management of chronic pain, such as "pain in the elderly", "future pain therapy" or "models of commissioning pain care".
This year the SIP Programme Committee has decided to organize two SIP Focus Groups, each one focusing on one particular topic. The Focus Groups are thereby closely following one of the seven goals of the "SIP - Road Map for Action", which was the key result of the SIP symposium 2011.
The SIP Focus Groups will take place on 14 and 15 May in Brussels. The location for Focus Group 1 is the Renaissance Hotel and for Focus Group 2 the European Parliament. Participants of the SIP Focus Groups are politicians and policy-makers, health care professionals, patient advocacy groups, representatives of health authorities or insurances, labor unions.
The aims for SIP are to raise awareness of the impact of chronic pain, to exchange information and share best-practices across the European Union and to develop and foster policy strategies and activities to improve pain care in Europe. The aim for the Focus Groups is to come up with "SIP Recommendations" and a "SIP Proposal for Action":
- The SIP Recommendations are developed for a European set of quality indicators for chronic non-malignant pain management, as being discussed in Focus Group 1.
- The SIP Proposal for Action, as discussed in Focus Group 2, will give national examples of rehabilitation and integrated care programs and proposals for concrete measures on European policy level.
More information you can find in the SIP 2013 Preliminary Programme.
2nd anniversary for SIP LinkedIn Group
The SIP group on the interactive platform "LinkedIn" celebrates its 2nd anniversary. The group on the topic of the "Societal Impact of Pain" was created on 20th November 2010. Since then network has grown to a size of 2.125 members!
Interested in participating in the discussion? Join the SIP LinkedIn Group today!
1st national SIP steering group meeting in Switzerland
The impact of SIP 2011 a "Road Map for Action" on Switzerland
Following the successful 2nd SIP Symposium in the EU Parliament in Brussels last year, Professor Eli Alon, President of the Swiss Association for the Study of Pain (SGSS), held a press conference in Zurich 16.07.2011 where he informed about the “Road Map for Action” and its seven policy dimensions for an improved pain care in Europe.[
According to dimension No 6, which calls for the development of national SIP platforms in the European Member States, a first Swiss SIP steering group meeting took place in Zurich on 6 September 2012.
15 stakeholders from medicine, politics, academia and the health system were invited to a brainstorming meeting and for deep discussion on chronic pain treatment in Switzerland. Professor Kress, President of EFIC®, gave an overview of the last three SIP Symposia from 2010 to 2012 and the aims of European platform.
- The first and most important topic in Switzerland is the fact that there is no title or diploma for doctors who are specialists for pain diagnosis and treatment. Since several years the goal of the SGSS has been to achieve an official status as pain specialist. The discussion during this meeting showed that the topic is still of utmost relevance for all stakeholders.
- The second topic was about “best practice”: On the one hand the quality of pain therapists has to be built (medical education at universities) and maintained (quality control, credits, etc.); on the other hand clear treatment guidelines have to be defined.
- The third topic was “pain research”. At the moment over 50 groups do research on pain therapy; in addition there is an alliance of four Swiss university clinics which coordinates studies at this level. The aim of the SGSS in the future will be to be involved in choosing research-topics to improve the general knowledge in pain disorders and treatment possibilities.
Further ideas and topics were discussed. The second follow-up Swiss SIP steering group meeting is planned for spring 2013.
More than 2000 Members in SIP LinkedIn group
With a constant growth the SIP LinkedIn group on the "Societal Impact of Pain" now counts more than 2000 members!
One year ago in August 2011, the SIP LinkedIn group counted 883 members and was ranking second on the international list of pain related groups within the LinkedIn network. Now, after exactly one year, the number of members increased by 130% - with about 2017 members (status: 21.08.2012) it still is the first runner-up in pain related networks.
The platform is larger than "Pain physician", with 1675 members (by Janssen-Cilag-JnJ Group), as well as the "American Pain Society", counting 1950 members. The leading pain related group is "Therapeutic Massage for Pain Control" with a total of 2770 members.
Driving force behind is the group members themselves: With statements, comments and discussions they focus on different perspectives of the influence of pain on our societies, our economic and social systems as well as the individual situation of millions of pain patients worldwide.
Become a member of SIP LinkedIn group now!
EU Parliament EULAR Interest Group: RMDs & Pain
Rheumatic / Musculoskeletal Diseases & Pain
On 26 June there took place the 9th Interest Group on Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases in the European Parliament with special focus on pain: "RMDs and Pain: Facts and Findings".
Chaired by Irish MEP Jim Higgins, Professor Giustino Varrassi (past president EFIC), Mr Joop van Griensven (President of the Pain Alliance Europe, PAE), and Mr Neil Betteridge (Vice President of EULAR, representing People with Arthritis/Rheumatism in Europe, PARE) shared their insights on the topic and stirred-up the discussion which followed.
Here you can find the EULAR IG meeting agenda.
Here you can find the EULAR IG meeting minutes.
Here you can find the presentation by PAE president Joop van Griensven.
Here you can find the presentation by VP EULAR Neil Betteridge.
SIP 2012 Photos, Videos, Presentations online!
Please now find online SIP speakers´ presentations, videos and statements, as well as photo impressions from the whole symposium!
Final Program Dansk Satellitsymposium online!
"Danish Satellite Symposium - 29 May 13:00 - 17:00"
On 29 May the Danish language symposium will be held. This event will start at 13:00. The current situation of chronic pain will be discussed, as well as how it should be, the future and how we should proceed. At the end a panel discussion will be held from 16:00 - 17:00. For more detailed information, please find here the final program.
Final Program SIP 2012 online!
"Societal Impact of Pain Symposium" 29 - 31 May 2012
The final program for the SIP 2012 "Societal Impact of Pain" Symposium is now online! Please find here more detailed information about the event in the final program.
Program of SIP 2012 and the Danish Satellite Symposium - now online!
View the SIP and Danish Satellite Symposium programs!
The most recently updated versions of the SIP 2012 program (29 - 31 May) and the program of the Danish Satellite Symposium (29 May) are now online!
Please click here for the draft program of the full SIP Symposium, to be held on 29 - 31 May 2012.
Please click here for the draft program of the Danish Satellite Symposium, to be held on 29 May.
EFIC Newsletter - now published!
The first 2012 edition of the EFIC newsletter has now been published with information on:
- The President’s Corner
- A Word from the Editor
- "The Societal Impact of Pain”
- EWAP 2011: Chronic Back Pain
- EFIC Pain Schools: Past, Present and Future
- The EFIC Pain School Montescano
- Ethics in Pain Medicine
- Chronic Pain: A Disease in its Own Right
- Meetings: Past & Future
Read here the full edition of the EFIC Newsletter Vol.1 2012.
New SIP Press Release published
Chronic Pain as Disease – Politics or Science?
International multi-stakeholder platform to discuss the position of chronic pain amongst chronic diseases - 3rd European symposium on the “Societal Impact of Pain” (SIP) taking place during Danish EU Presidency in Copenhagen
Brussels, 20 March, 2012. The 3rd European symposium on the “Societal Impact of Pain” (SIP 2012) will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark on 29-31 May. On the occasion of the Danish EU Presidency, more than 300 stakeholders from across Europe will come together to continue raising awareness on the societal impact of pain, exchanging national best practices of pain care policy projects and fostering the EU-wide implementation of the “Road Map for Action”, the action plan and key result from the 2nd SIP symposium, which took place in the EU Parliament in Brussels in 2011.
Read the full SIP 2012 Press Release.
New SIP RSS-Feed implemented
Starting today you now have the option to get free RSS-feeds on all three SIP news sections in your inbox.
The screenshot below shows you where to find the RSS-feed. In case you need any assistance in installing these, please contact us.
What about pain care in...Europe?
Monitor on national pain care in EU-countries
Most of us know what it is like to have pain and to go to a doctor for getting medication, physiotherapy or other treatments. What most of us are not aware of is how pain is being managed in other countries of Europe. Will a GP prescribe a pain drug in UK? Are physicians specially trained for treating pain patients in Spain? Do patients have access to pain specialists in Portugal? Do politicians recognise the need for pain care in Italy? Is pain care in Scandinavia really better than in southern-EU countries?
Together with the European umbrella organisation for the study of pain (EFIC®), Grünenthal Governmenthal Affairs & Health Policy has developed a European Monitor to give a quick and country-specific overview of the situation of pain care in most European countries.
Please view the full European Road Map Monitor 2011.
SIP 2012 on official calender of Danish EU Presidency
Societal Impact of Pain - konference om kroniske smerter
For tredje år i træk afholder den europæiske forening for smertespecialister (EFIC) og Foreningen af Kronisk Smertepatienter (FAKS) en tværsektoriel konference om kroniske smerter, ”Societal Impact of Pain”. Konference giver mulighed at diskutere og udarbejde forslag til, hvordan man kan gribe de udfordringer, som kroniske smerter giver, an. Konferencen er opbygget således, at der er rig mulighed for interaktion og dialog. Således indledes konferencen med to dages møder for særlige interessegrupper og workshops. På de forskellige workshops får deltagerne mulighed for at fordybe sig i dialog omkring et specifikt emne.
For the official announcement in full English on the SIP 2012 symposim, please go to the website of the Danish Presidency.
SIP 2012 "Marketplace" - Option to exhibit materials
On 30 and 31 May 2012 in the Bella Sky Congress Hall Foyer, a SIP 2012 "Marketplace" will be held. This is an informal area where our SIP partners and stakeholders can present stakeholder materials and get in contact with other participants. No commercial promotion or products may be displayed during the Marketplace. All items that are displayed must be topics related to the Societal Impact of Pain.
For more detailed information about the setup, please click on this document.
The scientific aims of SIP 2012 are endorsed by more than 40 organisations
The scientific aims of SIP 2012 are endorsed by more than 40 organizations
Up to today the scientific aims of SIP 2012 are already endorsed by more than 40 pain advocacy groups and patient organizations. If you would like to become an endorsing organisation and endorse the scientific aims of the 3rd European Symposium on the "Societal Impact of Pain" (SIP 2012) too, please contact the SIP 2012 committee.
SIP 2012 to take place in Copenhagen
Save the Date: 3rd European Symposium on the "Societal Impact of Pain"
Following the great success from SIP 2011 in the EU Parliament/Brussels, the mission of the European Platform "Societal Impact of Pain" for an improved pain care in Europe is continuing: Next year the 3rd European SIP symposium will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark. Please block your calender from Tuesday, 29 May - Thursday, 31 May.
For more information on SIP 2012, please see the official SIP 2012 announcment.
EU Commissioner John Dalli supports SIP
"Managing pain correctly"
As Commissioner Dalli stated during the 2nd European symposium on the Societal Impact of Pain held in the European Parliament in Brussels on 3 and 4 May, ‘we need to understand pain better and manage it correctly’, especially in the context of an ageing society. Read the full transkription of John Dalli's opening speech during the SIP symosium in the EU Parliament on 3 May.
The Commission recently launched the Active and Healthy Ageing Partnership. Moreover, the Council has called upon the Commission to conduct a reflection process about what Europe can do to address chronic diseases by 2012.
SIP - A Road Map for Action
Tackling chronic pain in Europe on policy level
During the 2nd symposium on the "Societal Impact of Pain", which took place in the European Parliament in Brussels on 3-4 May 2011, a "Road Map for Action" was adpoted and officially presented to Members of the European Parliament and the EU Commission.
The policy instrument lists seven concrete policy dimensions on how to tackle chronic pain in Europe. It is directed towards the EU institutions, as well as towards governmens and decision-makers of EU Member States. More information you can find in the corresponding SIP symposium press release.
1. Acknowledgement of pain as an important factor limiting the quality of life;
2. Availability of information and access to pain diagnosis and management;
3. Increased awareness of the medical, financial and social impact that pain and its management have;
4. Increased awareness of the importance of prevention, diagnosis and management of pain;
5. Enforcement of pain research;
6. Establishment an EU platform for the exchange, comparison and benchmarking of best practices;
7. Trend monitoring in pain management by using the EU platform.
Here you can find the complete Road Map for Action.