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Background Materials on SIP 2014 Symposium: Welcome

Nick Ross, Chris Wells – SIP

Better education on pain management and European best practice sharing Palliative care and Pain therapy were listed as healthcare priorities during the Italian presidency in the second half of 2014. For the first time ever all EU Ministers of Health discussed during the Informal Health Council, on 22nd September 2014 in Milan/Italy, how to direct national and European strategies and health policies to address the need for improved pain care in Europe. The 5th SIP (Societal Impact of Pain) Symposium, held on 17and 18th. November 2014 in Brussels/Belgium was endorsed by the Italian Ministry of Health.