2017

Copenhagen, September 8th
"If you manage pain, you manage the healthcare system" was the key message from the Societal Impact of Pain plenary session that met at the EFIC Congress in Copenhagen. The tenth annual congress brings together 3000 participants to discuss the pressing issue of pain in health systems and the need to address the impact of pain in society.
The conversation was taken forward by pain experts, who were welcomed by Thomas Tölle (European Pain Federation, EFIC®) who underlined that: "healthcare systems in the European Union need to be managed differently and one way legislators can do this is by focusing on the societal impact of pain".
Bart Morlion, President Elect (European Pain Federation, EFIC®) presented the Societal Impact of Pain Platform (SIP), the advocacy strategy of the platform and its 2017 achievements. Within these the recent launch of the European Commission Expert Group on the Social Impact of Pain and the European Council conclusions that made chronic pain a priority area for action stood out as the two key achievements of SIP this year. "Chronic pain is now firmly on the agenda. We need to make sure it stays there" Morlion concluded.
Prof. Rolf-Detlef Treede the representative for Germany of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) gave a presentation on chronic pain as a condition or symptom. Prof. Treede stated that: "Pain is one of the most significant causes of disability and suffering worldwide. The classification of chronic primary pain as a disease by the WHO could start a chain reaction that improves pain care across Europe."
Participants heard from MEP Marian Harkin’s advice on what to expect from politicians addressing the societal impact of pain. MEP Harkin presented the initiatives taken in the European Parliament to include pain in health, social and employment policy, and emphasised the extremely important role of SIP at European level in raising awareness on the social impact of pain. Over 200 MEPs co-signed a written declaration calling to adapt policies to secure access to employment of those who suffer from pain. MEP Harkin finalised her intervention with a motivational speech aiming to "support action and collaboration at member state level, by sharing best practices and coordinating among initiatives. Progress might be slow but we know we are moving in the right direction"
Liisa Jutila, from Pain Alliance Europe (Finland), further added to the debate the patient perspective and stating clearly that "to be able to deal with the urgent needs of patients it is fundamental that chronic pain is taken more seriously by governments and health systems".
Robert Jakob, World Health Organisation, presented the new International Classification of Disease process - ICD 11 and chronic pain. Improving pain management should go hand-in-hand with the measurement of pain; that is to say the quality of the services should be measured. Mr. Jakob stressed the need to start using ICD 11 "prepare now for ICD 11, give us your comments, try it and start". 
 
 

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Copenhagen,September 8th
The classification of chronic pain as a condition and what it means for policies and health Systems!
"If you manage pain, you manage the healthcare system" was the key message from the Societal Impact of Pain plenary session that met at the EFIC Congress in Copenhagen. The tenth annual congress brings together 3000 participants to discuss the pressing issue of pain in health systems and the need to address the impact of pain in Society.
What has been discussed?

Chair: Thomas Tölle, EFIC (Belgium)
Impact of Pain Platform? Bart Morlion, EFIC (Belgium)
Chronic pain as a condition or symptom – the IASP Position; Rolf-Detlef Treede, IASP (Germany)
What the classification of chronic pain could mean for pain policies? Marian Harkin MEP (Ireland)
What the classification of chronic pain could mean for patients? Liisa Jutila, Pain Alliance Europe (Finland)
The International Classification of Disease process - ICD 11 and chronic pain; Robert Jakob, WHO (Suisse)

Further Information can be found here

Great interest in Societal Impact of Pain at EFIC Congress 2017

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SIP’s advocacy strategy has proven itself successful at the EU Level since ist beginning in 2009. The next step is now to replicate this experience at the national level to effectively build on SIP achievements within each Member State. 
Therefore, a workshop has been set up during the EFIC congress 2017 in Copenhagen to share best practices and methodology of policy work with several EFIC councilors and other representatives from different organisations.

Advocacy Workshop at EFIC congress 2017

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Bringing the innovation closer to patients, Pain Alliance Europe and Grünenthal are proud to introduce their 1st Brain, Mind, and Pain Patient-Centred Innovation Grant, and announce the official opening of the Call for Proposals and opening of the application period.  For 2018, the Call for Proposals  proposes the Grant theme  “Overcoming problems in access to treatments”.You are invited to consult the grant documentation and to submit your proposal via the application form available online starting 1st September. The deadline for submitting the applications is 31 December 2017.Please consult the Call for Proposals for all details concerning application rules and eligibility criteria.The BMP team is looking forward to supporting your project!

BRAIN, MIND AND PAIN GRANT 2018 - Call for Proposals

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The classification of chronic pain as a condition and what it means for policies and health Systems!
This Session will take place on Friday 8th September from 10:30-12:00 at the EFIC Congress in Copenhagen (Hall C)
 
What will be discussed?
• What is the Societal Impact of Pain platform?
• Chronic pain as a condition or symptom – the IASP position
• What the classification of chronic pain could mean for pain care policy in Europe?
• What the classification of chronic pain could mean for patients?
• The International Classification of Diseases process – ICD 11 and chronic pain
Further Information can be found here

Societal Impact of Pain at EFIC Congress 2017 in Copenhagen

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8-9th June 2017 Valletta (Malta)
Under the motto ‘Structured Cooperation of Health Care Systems’, over 300 European health care stakeholders from more than 20 countries met in Malta to discuss the “Societal Impact of Pain” (SIP 2017).
Under the auspices of the 2017 Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU, the scientific framework of the European Pain Federation EFIC (EFIC®) and guided by SIP 2017 partners Pain Alliance Europe (PAE) and Active Citizenship Network (ACN), the faculty of each of the working groups produced specific policy recommendations addressing the societal impact of pain.Based on these recommendations, the organizing partners of the SIP platform formulated the following key recommendations directed at the institutions of the European Union and national governments:
1. Establish an EU platform on the societal impact of pain
2. Instruments to assess the societal impact of pain.
3. Initiate policies addressing the impact of pain on employment
4. Prioritise pain within education for health care professionals, patients and the general public
5. Increase investment in research on the Societal Impact of Pain
Read the full text here.

Final Policy Recommendations from SIP 2017

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BMJ April 19, 2017
Choice of language can impede access to medicines both for the treatment of pain and opioid dependence. Referring to a person as a “substance abuser” rather than “a person with substance use disorder” evokes stigma and there is evidence that it reduces patients’ access to appropriate treatment.
Moreover, imprecise terminology may result in misunderstanding of the nature of pain treatment and the management of substance use disorder. In turn, politicians and administrators may establish irrational public health policies, and patients may decide not to take their medicines.
In many countries the barriers to accessing pain treatment and treatment of opioid dependence are huge. Yet non-medical use of psychoactive substances and untreated moderate and severe pain are considered public health priorities. Clear, unambiguous, non-stigmatising terminology is recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) as one way to ensure access to controlled medicines.
Here you can read the full article
 
Authors
Willem Scholten, board member, International Doctors for Healthier Drug Policies.
Olivier Simon, president, Swiss Romandy College for Addiction Medicine; board member, Swiss Society of Addiction Medicine.
Icro Maremmani, president, World Federation for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence.
Lukas Radbruch, president, International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care.
Chris Wells, president, European Pain Federation EFIC®.

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Impressions Video is now available to provide an insight what has happened at SIP 2017.

Impressions Video

Impressions Video is now available to provide an insight what has happened at SIP 2017.

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Valletta, Malta June 14th  Gabriel Baertschi addresses the improvement of pain policies in speech at Societal Impact of Pain symposium.
During his speech at the Societal Impact of Pain symposium in Valletta, Malta, Gabriel Baertschi, CEO of Grünenthal and board member of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) emphasized the increased necessity of addressing the impact of pain on society. Not only is pain a major burden for those affected and one of the most common reasons for a doctor’s visit, but the societal burden of pain is also a major challenge for social systems in Europe. In the light of an aging society and an increasing number of chronic health conditions, a stronger focus on the societal impact of pain is necessary to secure excellent health care in Europe, in a long-term and sustainable manner.
As a strong voice at the EU level, 1,900 European pharmaceutical companies have joined together as part of EFPIA, the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations. EFPIA wants to improve the lives of patients and provide broad access to adequate (pain) therapy by promoting research and innovation within this field. According to Baertschi overall investments in research and development by the pharmaceutical industry amounted to € 31.5 billion in 2015. Grünenthal itself invested 19 percent of its revenues in research and development.
Read the full article here
Please view all information about Gabriel Baertschi at SIP 2017 here

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A major step forward for pain patients! Health ministers call for action on access to treatment for patients suffering from chronic pain
Friday June 16th, at a high level EU meeting, Health Ministers included chronic pain in the conclusions inviting Member States to evaluate access to treatment. 
Brussels, Belgium – Friday June 16th, the Council of the European Union on Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs adopted its conclusions on “Encouraging Member States-driven Voluntary Cooperation of Health Systems” (1).
Under the leadership of the Maltese Presidency, the Health Ministers have agreed that it is time to evaluate access to treatment for patients with chronic pain, while recognising the need to maintain the balance between innovation, availability, accessibility and affordability. The aim is to increase the effectiveness, accessibility and resilience of health systems across the European Union, and to identify priority areas where cooperation between health systems may add value.
This is a substantial step for pain patients throughout the EU towards getting pain recognised as a disease in its own right. The Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) platform is committed to ensure that these words are transformed into actions.
This comes only one week after Martin Seychell, Deputy Director General DG SANTE, formally announced the launch of the Expert Group on the Social Impact of Pain within the EU Health Policy Platform during the Societal Impact of Pain symposium (SIP 2017) held in Malta. While the Expert Group, aims at building a bridge between health systems, pain stakeholders and policy makers, the inclusion of pain in the council conclusions highlights an increasing understanding by European institutions and Member States of the need to act now to help the one in five EU citizens suffering from chronic pain. 
Since 2010, the SIP-Platform has been calling for policies addressing the societal impact of pain around the EU. The SIP platform aims to create structured EU-wide cooperation with lasting political impact, to find solutions that improve the lives of those with chronic pain, but also minimize the impact of pain on society. The SIP platform does so by raising awareness of the impact pain has on our societies, by facilitating the exchange of information and best-practices and supporting European wide policy strategies and activities for improved pain policies in Europe. As an international initiative the SIP platform provides opportunities for discussion amongst all stakeholders involved (health care professionals, pain patients, pain advocacy groups, politicians, health insurances, representatives of health authorities, regulators and budget holders).
Pain causes a problem for individuals as well as a challenge for healthcare systems, economies and society: each year, approximately one in five Europeans or 20 percent of the adult population in Europe are affected by chronic pain (2). This includes 153 million people suffering migraine or other disabling headaches, 200 million musculoskeletal disorders and 100 million people experiencing other forms of chronic pain (3). The estimated direct and indirect healthcare costs for chronic pain disorders in European Member States vary between two and three percent of GDP across the EU (4) (5). For 2016, this would result in up to 441 billion Euros annually (6). Experts estimate that half of all citizens living in the EU at some point in their lives suffer from back pain. Approximately 15 percent of these citizens with back pain are on sick leave for over one month (7). With more than 500 million sick days per year in Europe, musculoskeletal pain alone causes almost 50 percent of all absences from work lasting at least three days in the EU and 60 percent of permanent work incapacity (4). Worldwide chronic pain conditions (in particular back pain) are by far the greatest cause of disability (8) (9). Unsurprisingly chronic pain is one of the major reasons why people exit the labour market prematurely and it contributes significantly to disability retirement (10).
Yet pain remains poorly managed and under-treated, affecting not only patients, but society at large as it increases the risks of other health problems, social exclusion and poverty (11). In order to tackle the societal impact of pain it needs to be prioritized in policy making while adressing a whole systems perspective (12).
Friday June 16th, at a high level EU meeting, Health Ministers included chronic pain in the conclusions inviting Member States to evaluate access to treatment. 
A major step forward for pain patients and addressing the societal impact of pain!
You find more information at www.SIP-Platform.eu or contact:
SIP-Platform, sip-platform@grunenthal.com, 
Pain Alliance Europe, president@pae-eu.eu, +31 650 22 2735
European Pain Federation EFIC, sam.kynman@efic.org , +32 49065 0434
Active Citizenship Network, m.votta@cittadinanzattiva.it, +39 339 892 7455
Grünenthal, Norbert.vanRooij@Grunenthal.com, +49 171 759 6874
About the SIP-Platform
The Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) is an international, multi-stakeholder platform created as a joint initiative of the European Pain Federation EFIC® and Grünenthal with the aim to:

raise awareness of the relevance of the impact that pain has on our societies, health and economic systems
exchange information and sharing best-practices across all Member States of the European Union
develop and foster European-wide policy strategies for an improved pain management in Europe (Pain Policy).

The scientific framework of the “Societal Impact of Pain” (SIP) platform is under the responsibility of the European Pain Federation EFIC®. Cooperation partners for SIP 2017 are Pain Alliance Europe (PAE) and Active Citizenship Network (ACN). The pharmaceutical company Grünenthal GmbH is responsible for funding and non-financial support (e.g. logistical support). The scientific aims of the SIP symposia have been endorsed by over 300 international and national pain advocacy groups, scientific organisations and authorities.
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European Council. Draft Council conclusions on Encouraging Member States-driven Voluntary Cooperation between Health Systems. European Council. [Online] 16 June 2017. [Cited: 16 June 2017.] http://data.consilium.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-9978-2017-REV-1/en/pdf. 9519/17 SAN 209.
Breivik, H, et al., et al. Survey of chronic pain in Europe: prevalence, impact on daily life, and treatment. European Journal of Pain. 2006, Vol. 10, pp. 287–333.
Brain, Mind and Pain. The Book of Evidence. s.l. : Brain, Mind and Pain interst group, 2015. http://www.brainmindpain.eu.
Bevan, Stephen. Reducing Temporary Work Absence Through Early Intervention: The case of MSDs in the EU. Lancashire : The Work Foundation, 2013. http://www.theworkfoundation.com/DownloadPublication/Report/341_The%20case%20for%20early%20interventions%20on%20MSDs.pdf.
Breivik, H, Eisenberg, E and O'Brien, T. The individual and societal burden of chronic pain in Europe: the case for strategic prioritisation and action to improve knowledge and availability of appropriate care. BMC Public Health. 24 December 2013, Vol. 13, 1229.
EuroStat. Eurostat Newsrelease. Eurostat. [Online] 3 30, 2017. [Cited: 5 10, 2017.] http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/documents/2995521/7962764/1-30032017-AP-EN.pdf/. 52/2017.
Bevan, Stephen, et al., et al. Fit For Work? Musculoskeletal Disorders in the European Workforce. s.l. : The work foundation, 2009. http://www.fitforworkeurope.eu/default.aspx.locid-0afnew009.Lang-EN.htm.
Newton, John N, et al., et al. Changes in health in England, with analysis by English regions and areas of deprivation, 1990–2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. The Lancet. 5 December 2015, Vol. 386, pp. 2257-2274.
Vos, Theo, et al., et al. Global, regional, and national incidence, prevalence, and years lived with disability for 310 diseases and injuries, 1990–2015: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015. Lancet. 10053, 8 October 2016, Vol. 388, pp. 1545 - 1602. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(16)31678-6..
Saastamoinen, P, et al., et al. Pain and disability retirement: a prospective cohort study. Pain. March 2012, Vol. 153(3), pp. 526-531.
Pain Concern. Transcript – Programme 76: Pain, poverty and employment. [Online] 29 February 2016. [Cited: 26 July 2016.] http://painconcern.org.uk/transcript-programme-76-pain-poverty-employment/.
Phillips, Ceri, et al., et al. Prioritising pain in policy making: The need for a whole systems perspective. Health Policy. 2008, Vol. 88, pp. 166-175. http://www.academia.edu/14017982/Prioritising_pain_in_policy_making_the_need_for_a_whole_systems_perspective.

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