Make-Over for SIP annual meeting!
New set-up: SIP 2013 Focus Groups
For 2013 the SIP Programme Committee came up with a new setup for the SIP annual event. After three SIP Symposia, name, structure and contents will change: this year there will be organized the first SIP 2013 Focus Groups: two days, two different groups, two distinct topics of interest!
During the last three years the European Federation of IASP Chapters (EFIC) and Grünenthal have organized three symposia on the Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) in Europe. Each symposium lasted two days and introduced different aspects of the management of chronic pain, such as "pain in the elderly", "future pain therapy" or "models of commissioning pain care".
This year the SIP Programme Committee has decided to organize two SIP Focus Groups, each one focusing on one particular topic. The Focus Groups are thereby closely following one of the seven goals of the "SIP - Road Map for Action", which was the key result of the SIP symposium 2011.
The SIP Focus Groups will take place on 14 and 15 May in Brussels. The location for Focus Group 1 is the Renaissance Hotel and for Focus Group 2 the European Parliament. Participants of the SIP Focus Groups are politicians and policy-makers, health care professionals, patient advocacy groups, representatives of health authorities or insurances, labor unions.
The aims for SIP are to raise awareness of the impact of chronic pain, to exchange information and share best-practices across the European Union and to develop and foster policy strategies and activities to improve pain care in Europe. The aim for the Focus Groups is to come up with "SIP Recommendations" and a "SIP Proposal for Action":
- The SIP Recommendations are developed for a European set of quality indicators for chronic non-malignant pain management, as being discussed in Focus Group 1.
- The SIP Proposal for Action, as discussed in Focus Group 2, will give national examples of rehabilitation and integrated care programs and proposals for concrete measures on European policy level.
More information you can find in the SIP 2013 Preliminary Programme.