European Positioning Statement: Chronic Pain fundamental for European health
International multi-stakeholder platform acknowledges chronic pain as disease in its own – European policy-makers challenged to respond
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Copenhagen, 31 May, 2012. On occasion of the 3rd international symposium on the “Societal Impact of Pain” (SIP 2012) in Copenhagen, Denmark on 29-31 May, a European multi-stakeholder expert group finalised their positioning paper demanding acknowledgement of chronic pain as disease in its own by EU governmental institutions and member state governments. During the Danish EU Presidency, more than 400 stakeholders from more than 30 countries came together to raise awareness on the societal impact of pain, exchange national best practices and foster European and national pain care policy projects. The symposium took place under the high patronage of the Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers and the Italian Ministry of Health. The scientific aims of SIP 2012 were endorsed by more than 160 international organisations.
Following the report “Reflection process on chronic diseases in the EU – the role of chronic pain”[i], which has been published during the symposium on 30th May, the overall impact of pain measured in terms of prevalence and cost is high; frequently chronic pain is prevalent in those patients who already have one or more than one chronic disease; in particular with the elderly population a strong link between the increase of age and the prevalence of chronic pain could be shown. The costs which arise from this high prevalent condition for our health care system are significant.
Anna Rosbach, Danish Member of the European Parliament, supports the findings of the report: “Chronic pain is a burden to millions of people in Europe. Because the pain is chronic it is often not considered a disease by society and health care systems. This must be changed. Chronic pain should no longer be given less attention and care than temporary pain.”
[i] N. Armstrong, J. Kleijnen: “Reflection process on chronic diseases in the EU – the role of chronic pain”, Kleijnen Systematic Review Ltd., 2012.
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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.
An important outcome of SIP 2011 in the European Parliament was the “Road Map for Action”, which outlines seven key policy dimensions on how the EU institutions and member states could effectively address the societal impact of pain at both EU and national levels. The national and supranational implementation of the SIP Road Map for Action will be a central theme for discussion at SIP 2012.
Read the full SIP 2012 March press release.
Please find here the Spanish translation (Dolor crónico como enfermedad - Política o ciencia?)
Please find here the Italian translation (Il dolore cronico come malattia: problema di scienza o di politica?)
Please find here the German translation (Chronischer Schmerz - eigentständige Krankheit oder ökonomische Herausforderung?)
Please find here the Portugese translation (Impacto social da dor crónica preocupa especialistas)