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European Pain Federation EFIC® position on the debate on “pain as a disease in its own right”

Thomas Tölle – Technische Universität München, Germany

Europe against pain:

While acute pain may reasonably be considered a symptom of disease or injury, chronic and recurrent pain is a specific healthcare problem, A DISEASE IN ITS OWN RIGHT. (EFIC Declaration, oct. 2001)

Working Group 2: Chronic pain: a disease or symptom?