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The "Societal Impact of Pain" (SIP) is an international platform created in 2009 as a joint initiative of the European Pain Federation EFIC® and the pharmaceutical company Grünenthal GmbH.

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The national SIP representatives and endorsers have started to build up national Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) platforms in Europe.

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If you have not yet endorsed the
SIP Joint Statement, there is still time
until January 25, 2019.

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Launched at the end of 2018, the third edition of PAE Surveys on Chronic Pain deals with the different facets of stigma that affect the pain patients – at the healthcare provider, at work, in everyday life and at all social levels.
Besides the harmful effects on the patients themselves, the stigma related to pain manifestations and impact and the invisible nature of the disease constitute a real barrier to a significant and efficient treatment of chronic pain.
Translated in 16 languages, the survey intends to produce patient-related data to illustrate the invisible difficulties that pain patients meet and to raise awareness of the effects the entire society’s attitudes at different levels of interaction generate on pain patients.
PAE’s team and volunteers are continuously working on extending the outreach of this project to increase participation for a better relevance of data.  We hereby invite all patient organisations, healthcare professionals and other SIP stakeholders to contribute by sharing the links to the survey with their respective members and contacts concerned with pain.
The Pain and Stigma Survey will be open until the 1st March 2019.
You can take the Survey here

PAE Survey on Pain & Stigma - open until 1st March 2019

Launched at the end of 2018, the third edition of PAE Surveys on Chronic Pain deals with the different facets of stigma that affect the pain patients …

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Read the interview with Ingrid Keller and watch the Video with John F. Ryan from the European Commission to understand what is the relevance of Thematic Networks on the EU Health Policy Platform and what have been the achievements from the SIP group in 2018.
 

Closing of 2018 Thematic Networks - What's next?

Read the interview with Ingrid Keller and watch the Video with John F. Ryan from the European Commission to understand what is the relevance of Themat…

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On 22 January the SIP Partners (EFIC, PAE, ACN and Grünenthal) met to reflect on the achievements in 2018 and to discuss the strategy for 2019 in more detail.
The two-level strategy, endorsed in November 2018 at the SIP Steering Committee [ADD LINK to article on this on the website], focuses on both the EU level activities and national SIP platforms.
Communications
For the overarching communications strategy, we have decided on the following:

continued strategic use of twitter [link to twitter handle] with quality content and graphics
increased knowledge sharing through the newly restructures website (now available in several languages [ADD LINK]
more content from SIP members in the monthly newsletter

EU engagement
On the EU level, engaging with the European institutions and making the most of the changing political landscape following the 2019 European Parliamentary elections is the goal. To achieve this, engaging with key future and current MEPs such as the Spitzenkandidaten through endorsing the Joint Statement’s messages is essential. National SIPs are encouraged to engage with highly promising candidates.
We plan to engage with key officials from the European Commission’s DG RTD, DG SANTE and DG EMPL to maintain and deepen the relationships we built as the Thematic Network in 2018 [ADD link SIP website article on thematic network].
The basis of the engagement will be the work done within the framework of the Thematic Network (i.e., the Joint Statement) and achieve concrete policy outcomes.  We want to especially understand and try to influence the next Commission’s working programme to include concrete actions on pain. The cooperation with CHRODIS+ “Employment in the Multi-Morbidity Chronic Care Model

10th Anniversary of Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) – What´s h…

On 22 January the SIP Partners (EFIC, PAE, ACN and Grünenthal) met to reflect on the achievements in 2018 and to discuss the strategy for 2019 in more…

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SIP EVENTS

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Monday, 04th March 2019
This meeting will showcase the most recent discoveries and potential avenues for therapies in chronic pain research and treatment. Deadlines: Early Bird 18 December; Abstracts due 22 January; Register by 5 February.
Focusing on the translation of basic research insights into new therapies for pain
This is the ideal time to attend the 2019 Challenge of Chronic Pain Conference, which will showcase the most recent discoveries and potential avenues for therapies in chronic pain research and treatment. World leaders in pain research including those working in basic science, translational research and clinical therapies will present the latest and most promising findings, as well as the challenges left to overcome.
You can find more Information here.

The Challenge of Chronic Pain

This meeting will showcase the most recent discoveries and potential avenues for therapies in chroni...

Wednesday, 06th March 2019
Fighting Discrimination at work for those affected by neurological disorders and chronic pain conditions
March 6th 2019, 16.00h to 18.00h (assembly at 15.30h) 
European Parliament, Brussels 
Hosted by: Jeroen Lenaers, MEP Room JAN 6Q2
 
More details can be found in the attached invitation and draft agenda. 
To register your attendance, please complete the online registration form before February 25th. It is available here: https://goo.gl/forms/MbWeUiLZfX9DI1My1
Note: Those with are a parliamentary pass are also kindly asked to register so that we can monitor numbers.
For any further questions, do not hesitate to get in touch at: advocacy@efna.net
 

INVITATION: MEP Interest Group on Brain, Mind and Pain

Fighting Discrimination at work for those affected by neurological disorders and chronic pain condit...

Thursday, 07th March 2019
Individualization instead of standardization
Where is research in pain medicine heading?How do current structures affect the pain-care care of patients with chronic pain in Germany?Do we need new pain-medical care structures in Germany?
During three congress days, high-calibre speakers will shed light on these and other topics and deal intensively with the future of pain medicine.Pain and palliative day marks its 30th anniversary of 2019. The German Society for Pain Medicine takes this anniversary as an opportunity to offer numerous events to doctors, pharmacists, physiotherapists and other medical professions under the motto

German Society for Pain Medicine Pain and Palliative Day 2019

Individualization instead of standardization Where is research in pain medicine heading?How do curre...

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