Allianz Chronischer Schmerz Österreich (Alliance Chronic Pain Austria)
The Alliance Chronic Pain Austria was founded to raise public awareness for the situation of pain patients who as a rule are grossly under diagnosed and poorly treated. Now about 50 self-help groups representing all sorts of chronic pain such as migraine, rheumatic pain, fibromyalgia etc. have joined the platform. They want to make their cause visible by raising awareness, both in health politics and the general public, for an imminent need to acknowledge chronic pain as a disease in its own right. Pain should be diagnosed as early as possible and patients should have better access to efficient therapies. More specialised pain centres would be needed which offer interdisciplinary evaluation and multimodal treatment.