Symposium “Societal Impact of Pain” (SIP) 2016: “Time for action”

SIP 2016 took place on 23 and 24 May 2016 in the European Parliament and Concert Noble in Brussels.

What was it about?

SIP 2016 hosted four working groups discussing four key issues related to the societal impact of pain: 

  1. Pain as a quality indicator for health care

  2. Chronic Pain: a disease or multi-morbidity?

  3. The relevance of pain in cancer care and rehabilitation

  4. Pain, rehabilitation and reintegration of workers in the working force

The faculty of each working group produced specific policy recommendations addressing the societal impact of pain. 

Who attended?

Over 220 representatives of health care- and stakeholder- organisations from more than 28 countries attended SIP 2016, bringing together representatives of the European institutes, policy makers, pain specialists, scientific researchers, patient representatives and other stakeholders. 

The level of interest to SIP among Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and other European and national policy makers proved its success. Not only was the event being held under the high patronage of the Italian Ministry of Health, but also the MEP Interest Group on Brain, Mind and Pain endorsed the objectives of the symposium, together with more than 20 cross-parties and cross-countries supportive Members of the European Parliament.

Therefore we greatly thank all the Members of the European Parliament who supported and attended SIP 2016, in particular Clara Eugenia Aguilera Garcìa (Spain), Heinz K. Becker (Austria), Soledad Cabezòn Ruiz (Spain), Nicola Caputo (Italy), Therese Comodini Cachia (Malta), Miriam Dalli (Malta), José Inàcio Faria (Portugal), Theresa Griffin (UK), Francoise Grossetête (France), Takis Hadjigeorgiou (Cyprus), Marian Harkin (Ireland), Agnes Jongerius (The Netherlands), Merja Kyllönen (Finland), Giovanni La Via (Italy), Jeroen Lenaers (The Netherlands), Roberta Metsola (Malta), Miroslav Mikolášik (Slovakia), Piernicola Pedicini (Italy), Sirpa Pietikainen (Finland), Alfred Sant (Malta), and Sabine Verheyen (Germany).

The scientific aims of SIP 2016 have been endorsed by more than 160 international and national pain advocacy groups, scientific organisations and authorities. More information on the endorsing organisations and speakers at SIP is available in the SIP 2016 Abstract & Background booklet.

The scientific framework of the “Societal Impact of Pain” (SIP) platform is under the responsibility of the European Pain Federation EFIC®. Cooperation partners for SIP 2016 are Pain Alliance Europe (PAE) and Active Citizenship Network (ACN).The pharmaceutical company Grünenthal GmbH is responsible for funding and non-financial support (e.g. logistical support).