National Initiatives Belgium
In this section, national initiatives which have been set up in Belgium can be found.
Dr. Saskia Decuman, ergotherapist and expert from the Belgium Institute for Public Sickness Insurance and Handicaps (RIZIV), has been convinced of the benefits to reintegrate people with chronic pain into work for a long time. It is now time for recommendations to be transposed into policy guidelines.
The publication can be found here.
Low back pain is a common Problem with high societal impact, with a one-year prevalence of nearly 40% and a lifetime prevalence of over 70% in industrialized countries.
The objective of this study was to define one or several optimal care pathway(s) for the management of low back pain in Belgium.
The report can be downloaded here.
Planned reform of pain management in hospitals by implementing multidisciplinary algological teams in hospitals
Letter from the Belgian Federal Ministry of Health, Directorate for acute, chronic and elderly care, asking for candidates to run these pain centres.
The main goal of the project is to have an adequate pain treatment for all patients in hospital setting, focusing on chronic pain, sub-acute pain with the risk of becoming chronic and pain in children.
To fulfil these goals, care givers have to sensitized, treatment centers have to be created and a multidisciplinary team has to be build.
- Multidisciplinary algological team
- Multidisciplinary centers for chronic pain
- Teams specialized in children
- Networking between hospitals
3. Multidisciplinary algological team
Psychological, nursing and medical competencies with a transversal function through the hospital. Mission:
- Continuous training
- Implementing guidelines
- Contact point for questions
4. Potential constitution of a team
A maximum of 36 centres will be adequately spread over the country. The reform has started on 1 July 2013.
Read here the full letter of the Belgian Federal Ministry of Health (Dutch) and the list with pain centres:
Chronic Pain and its costs in Belgium
In Europe, 1 in 4 people suffer from such pain that sometimes persists for years, and according to pain doctor Griet Brusselmans, that figure is similar for Belgium. This requires a lot of money from the Belgian state. Last year alone it cost an estimated 11.6 billion euros.
On 23 January 2012 a news bulletin appeared on the Belgian public TV channel "VRT".
The report includes comments from Dr. Bart Morlion (head of the Belgian Change Pain Steering Committee) and Prof. Lieven Annemans on chronic pain in Belgium.
On this date, a radio interview also was held on the same topic with Bart Morlion.
Societal Impact of Pain in Hamburg
On occasion of the VII congress of the European Federation IASP Chapters (EFIC) in Hamburg in September 2011, please view this TV Reportage by the Belgian NCC (New Communication Concept) by Jan van Parijs broadcast in October 2011.
Please click on the image above to view the TV Reportage (Dutch language).
More information on the VII EFIC congress you can find at SIP EFIC 2011.