SIP 2017 - Key Statement & Presentation
Martine Chauvin – Association Francophone pour Vaincre les Douleurs (AFVD), France
"« Living Better with » is : Caring for the person in order to promote his autonomy and his decision-making, throughout his pathway. Taking psychological aspects into account to help people better live their disease. The expert patient is an essential link in therapeutic education."
Founder of AFVD
AFVD - Association Francophone pour Vaincre les Douleurs
Martine Chauvin, founder and administrator of AFVD, Association Francophone pour Vaincre les Douleurs, a patient association for patients, working in partnership with healthcare professionals, created in December 2006 following my personal journey of pain. I have written 2 testimonials:
« Balle de Match » The Mastery of Suffering by
« Jeu Set et Match » The Victory of Neurostimulation
I organized lectures which led me to meet many chronic pain patients, all with different profiles and pathways, but all with one common point: lack of solutions for their pain. I also created blogs, websites.
Thanks to my reconciliation with my pain, I have taken a degree course in Therapeutic Education of the Patient in chronic diseases in order to put to the benefit of others my skills acquired throughout my care path. I work with patients in the pain structures of Niort (79) and Poitiers (86), France, as an “expert patient”. I organize chronic pain patient accompanying clinics with health professionals.
This diploma allowed me to become a jury during the defense of the students of this same course. I am today coordinator of a program “Living Better With” filed with the Regional Health Agency of the region New Aquitaine (France) in March 2017.