EU call for proposals on Chronic Pain and Rheumatic disease

The European Commission has recently announced a decision taken on the 12th of September this year to make a call for proposals to develop an integrated strategy to monitor and treat chronic and rheumatic disease. They make special reference to the importance of quality indicators, patient-reported outcomes and physician evaluation of the damage caused by the disease. Although pain is not explicitly mentioned, it is clear that the overlap is substantial and the possibility for movement on the same issue, with regards to pain policy, is significant. This is clear from their investment of 500,000 Euros into the project for 2016.

The Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) has been advocating for similar change to pain policy, especially the integration of chronic pain within EU policies on other chronic diseases. Following from our policy recommendations from SIP 2016, we would suggest an integration of pain care within JA CHRODIS.

Pain as a quality indicator was the theme for Working Group 1, which recognised that using quality indicators of pain management would facilitate the sharing of best practices and help establish more of a marketplace for healthcare, where patients are better informed and can access the best pain management available. Indeed, with DG Sante utilising the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) to develop health indicators and measuring health systems, now represents an opportune moment for progress on pain policy.

The strategy is to be written in such a way that it is adaptable to national chronic diseases plans in all EU Member States and the deadline for the project’s submission is 31st January 2017.

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