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The State of Health in the EU is a two-year initiative undertaken by the European Commission that provides policy makers, interest groups, and health practitioners with factual, comparative data and insights into health and health systems in EU countries. 
The European Commission released the 28 country profiles in the new "State of Health in the EU" cycle. The profiles provide an overview of the health status and healthcare system set-up for each country, and points out main strengths and weaknesses identified. The reports have been developed in collaboration with the OECD and the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.
The 28 country profiles are accompanied by an EU-level "companion report" setting out some general learnings for European health systems. Pain is mentioned on page: 13 (patient-reported outcomes), 28, 37, 39. 
Furthermore, in the next few years the Commission will be co-funding the development of the OECD’s new Patient- Reported Indicators Survey (PaRIS). PaRIS will focus on patient-reported outcomes such as whether a treatment reduced pain or enabled a person to live more independently.
More background information and the reports can be found here.

Pain included in European Commission report „EU State of Hea…

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The European Pain Federation EFIC has decided to reorganise its various committees and task forces to bring the pain community closer together.

The European Pain Federation is recruiting!

The European Pain Federation EFIC has decided to reorganise its various committees and task forces to bring the pain community closer together.…

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What is it that prevents you from going further to realise your projects and ideas? The Brain Mind and Pain (BMP) Grant promotes and financially supports patient-centred Projects.
Your solution’s main objective should be to improve pain patients’ living conditions. It could be anything from research to a practical solution no one has thought about before. Bring a new solution to an existing Problem.
The ideal profile of the BMP Grant applicant: anyone with a great idea and a solid plan to make it happen.
Further information can be found hereThe BMP team is looking forward to supporting your project!

The BMP Grant funds your good ideas!

What is it that prevents you from going further to realise your projects and ideas? The Brain Mind and Pain (BMP) Grant promotes and financially suppo…

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The French Pain Society SFETD has recently published the "White Book on Pain". We have asked Professor Serge Perrot, the President of SFETD, what does it mean and what we can learn from this initiative.
What is the French White Book on Pain and who has prepared it?
It is a book of 300 pages, summarizing all aspects on pain in France: epidemiology, healthcare professionals, education for all professionals, pain management in all settings (hospital and private practice and all specific cares), current licensed drugs and difficulties for new approvals,  complementary medicines, safety issues... It is also a book where the French Pain Society (SFETD) is proposing relevant solutions and  approaches for a new policy on pain, for the whole country and all patients, with innovative aspects. It is really a national project that has involved many authors in a 6 months collaborative work. It was the start for important discussions and fruitful exchanges. 
Why have you (and many other experts) in France created a White Paper on Pain?
More than 60 authors have participated in this project, coming from various fields and specialities: there are medical doctors from numerous specialties, nurses, psychologists, physiotherapists but also patients representatives, pharmacists, and veterinaries. This was built in the context of presidential elections in France in 2017, with a new government, as health was a central question of the presidential programme. 
What can other countries learn from this French White Paper?
This could be an example on how to analyze all aspects of pain medicine, not only at the hospital and university levels but also at all levels where pain can be a problem: in emergency rooms, in psychiatry care, in long term dependency care, in pediatric care.   Extensive analyses and  involvement of numbers of participants coming from numerous fields is a strength of our white book, together with proposed innovations in pain management and healthcare strategies.
We present pain as a real healthcare problem, where all issues but also ethical solutions could represent an example for many other medical problems. We are hoping now that other European countries will also develop national white paper, with the final aim of merging all white papers in a European White Paper, directed by the SIP. Europe is our future, and this is also where important decisions and programmes may come. 
Professor Perrot, thanks a lot to explain us this great initiative from France.
The White Book on Pain can be downloaded here.
 

French White Book on Pain

The French Pain Society SFETD has recently published the "White Book on Pain". We have asked Professor Serge Perrot, the President of SFETD,…

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Expert-Class Indicator Hospital Wide Pain Management 2018: t…

On 29 November 2017 V&VN Pain Nurses organizes an additional thematic meeting on the new indicator “hospital wide pain management”. For the Dutch so…

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Article is free for download until February 6th 2018!
Access to treatment with controlled medicines rationale and recommendations for neutral, precise, and respectful language! 
The European Pain Federation EFIC, the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care, International Doctors for Healthier Drug Policies, the Swiss Romandy College for Addiction Medicine, the Swiss Society of Addiction Medicine, and the World Federation for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence called on medical journals to ensure that authors always use terminology that is neutral, precise, and respectful in relation to the use of psychoactive substances.
It has been shown that language can propagate stigma, and that stigma can prevent people from seeking help and influence the effectiveness of social and public-health policies. The focus of using appropriate terminology should extend to all patients who need controlled medicines, avoiding negative wording. A narrow focus on a few terms and medical communication only should be avoided. The appropriateness of terms is not absolute and indeed varies between cultures and regions and over time. For this reason, it is important that communities establish their own consensus of what is ‘neutral’, ‘precise’, and ‘respectful’.
Highlights

Wording about substance use disorder and psychoactive substances should be appropriate.
Medical journals should request authors to eliminate terms that do not meet this standard.
Inappropriate terms can induce biases negatively influencing social and public-health policies.
Use of appropriate language increases chances that patients will receive the best treatment.
Use of appropriate language increases chances for rational policies on psychoactive substances.

Twenty-three problematic terms have been identified (most of them are suggested to be avoided) and their possible alternatives. The use of appropriate language improves scientific quality of articles and increases chances that patients will receive the best treatment and that government policies on psychoactive substance policies will be rational.
Download full article at: https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1Vvpk7bKBieW9
 

Call for the use of respectful language

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Following the European Commission’s decision to dedicate an Expert Group to the ‘social impact of pain’, we are delighted to announce the launch of the Social Impact of Pain (SIP) Expert Group.

SIP Expert Group goes live!

Following the European Commission’s decision to dedicate an Expert Group to the ‘social impact of pain’, we are delighted to announce the launch of th…

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The SIP Steering Committee meeting on October 4th in Brussels was attended by around 50 key stakeholders involved in the pain policy agenda in Europe.

The Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) Steering Committee met in …

The SIP Steering Committee meeting on October 4th in Brussels was attended by around 50 key stakeholders involved in the pain policy agenda in Europe.…

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Sam Kynman, Executive Director of the European Pain Federation EFIC, has been asked about the relevance of this new platform for SIP.

Integration of SIP in the EU Health Policy Platform

Sam Kynman, Executive Director of the European Pain Federation EFIC, has been asked about the relevance of this new platform for SIP.…

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Read the Proceedings of the 7th European symposium on the “Societal Impact of Pain” (SIP 2017) which took place on June 7-9, 2017 in Malta.

SIP 2017 Proceedings now available!

Read the Proceedings of the 7th European symposium on the “Societal Impact of Pain” (SIP 2017) which took place on June 7-9, 2017 in Malta.…

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