EFIC highlight SIP project at 17th World Congress on Pain

The IASP World Congress on Pain featured a special session devoted to the advocacy efforts of the IASP and its various regions, which gave us the opportunity to showcase the SIP project.

IASP, the sister organisation of EFIC (the IASP European chapters), have a role to play in improving pain medicine globally via political action. One of the most important projects of IASP has been its efforts to push for the WHO International Classification of Diseases (ICD) to include ‘chronic primary pain’ as a disease in the next update, ICD-11. Inclusion of chronic primary pain in ICD-11 could lead to a sea-change in which healthcare systems pay more attention to pain, starting with an increase in the reporting of patients with pain as a primary indication.

At the session in Boston on the 15th September, IASP and its regions presented their advocacy work and their efforts to push for the implementation of ICD-11. EFIC presented a section of the agenda which focuses on the SIP platform and the SIP partners’ efforts to draw attention to ICD-11. Speakers included Professors’ Bart Morlion and Thomas Tölle who presented the achievements of SIP to date at national and European level and provided example of how SIP has been a vehicle for advocacy of the ICD 11 uptake in Europe.

The EFIC leadership was joined by MEP Marian Harkin, a great supporter of the SIP platform and Brain Mind and Pain interest group in the European Parliament. Harkin spoke about the importance of activities like ours in providing policy makers with the much-needed evidence to foster pain policies in a crowded health agenda. Finally, Dr Paul Cameron presented his cutting -edge work on pain classification and service delivery for the Scottish government.

The session sparked interest in the SIP methodology beyond Europe as demonstrated by the very lively Q&A session that followed the SIP panel presentation.

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