National Initiatives Belgium

In this section, national initiatives which have been set up in Belgium can be found.

June 2018: How to integrate people with chronic pain into society by reintegration into work?

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.

Dec 2017: Low Back Pain and Radicular Pain: Development of a Clinical Pathway

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.

March 2013: Belgian Federal Ministry of Health

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.

1. Context

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.

2. Components

  • 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:

  • Sensitizing
  • Continuous training 
  • Implementing guidelines 
  • Contact point for questions 
  • Consulting 
  • Continuity

4. Potential constitution of a team

  • Anaesthetist
  • Rheumatologist
  • Neurosurgeon
  • Neurologist
  • Psychiatrist

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: (Dutch) (Dutch)

23 January 2012: TV and Radio Report with Bart Morlion

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.

Radio Interview

October 2011: Symposium Summary

Press Background Material: Symposium Summary October 2011

SIP 2011: EFIC's Road Map for Action shows the way forward to improved pain management across Europe.

Dutch Version
French Version
English Version

September 2011: TV NCC Reportage - EFIC Congress Hamburg

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.

TV NCC Rapportage

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.