September 2012: Portuguese SIP meeting
"Simpósio Impacto Social e Económico da DOR"
On the 21 of September the Portuguese SIP symposium took place in the Lagoas Park Hotel, Oeiras.
High-ranking experts as well as patients' ambassadors came together to discuss the impact of pain on the society, the costs occuring to treat a person suffering from chronic pain and the correlated reduced quality of life.
Here you can find further materials on the Potuguese SIP 2012:
On the 11th of June a media report appeared on Portugese national television. Chronic pain as disease costs Portugal 3 million euro´s per year and it affects around 30% of the Portugese population. Chronic pains can occur over longer periods and last for years.
During SIP 2012 many pain experts have gathered in Copenhagen, Denmark to focus the attention on the problem it is for public health. José Romão (National Program for Pain Control) and Beatriz Craveiro Lopes (EFIC®) will give a statement on this subject. Please view the full tv news report above.
A awareness action about chronic pain was promoted by Fundação Grünenthal between 15-17 May 2012 in the Portuguese National Parliament. This initiative aimed the promotion of the knowledge of chronic pain as a disease in its own right and the social and economic burden of the disease, affecting 3 million adults in Portugal and costing about 3.000 millions Euros.
Please read more information in the Fundação Grünenthal newsletter.
This article on indirect costs of chronic pain in Portugal ("Custos indirectos da dor crónica em Portugal") was published in January 2012 in the "National Magazine of Public Health" as well as presented during the 3rd international SIP symposium in Copenhagen during SIP Workshop 6 by Margarida Augusto.
On 2 March 2012 there was a TV report on national television at "Edição da Manhã":Dor Cronica TV Report.