Virtual Event: How can digitalising health services reduce the societal impact of pain?

31 March 2022

The inclusion of pain as a disease under the World Health Organization (WHO) 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) was a key development.

In January 2021, SIP responded to the European Commission’s Health Data Space Roadmap. SIP called for the implementation of the ICD-11 definition of pain throughout healthcare systems to improve the analysis of health systems performance, and to provide the research community with data to facilitate further clinical research. According to experts in the field, ICD-11 and the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), will contribute to the transformation of healthcare in the context of the Digital Single Market.

The creation of a European Health Data Space will ensure the appropriate use, access, and sharing of health data for healthcare delivery purposes, and will allow the use of data for research, innovation, and policymaking.

On 31st March 2022, SIP hosted a multi-stakeholder virtual event with over 100 registrants entitled “How can digitalising health services reduce the societal impact of pain?” During this event, speakers and participants discussed the recommendations from SIP’s Position Paper on Digital Health: Pain Assessment and Quality Indicators, which was launched on the same day. Read the position paper here.

Event report available here.

Event slides available here.


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The 'Societal Impact of Pain' (SIP) platform is a multi-stakeholder partnership led by the European Pain Federation EFIC and Pain Alliance Europe (PAE), which aims to raise awareness of pain and change pain policies. The scientific framework of the SIP platform is under the responsibility of EFIC and the strategic direction of the project is defined by both partners. The pharmaceutical company Grünenthal GmbH is the main sponsor of the Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) platform.
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