May 2018: Launch of Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) in France

On May 31st, the French Society for the Study and Management of Pain (SFETD) and the pharmaceutical company Grünenthal have launched the national Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) platform in France. Many healthcare professionals took participation in this meeting with the title “From a journey of wandering to a course of care”.

The SFETD unites many French societies, representing healthcare professionals from different fields in medicine with the main goal to optimize the management and treatment of pain patients.

Prof. Serge Perrot, President of SFETD and Prof. Gisèle Pickering, counselor at European Pain Federation EFIC, emphasized on the importance of having an integrated approach in pain management, which gives the ground for developing and implementing an advocacy plan on this issue. Read more about this exciting meeting here.


National Initiatives France

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

Oct 2017: French White Book on Pain (Livre Blanc Douleur 2017)

The French organisation SFETD (Société Française d’Étude et de Traitement de la Douleur) has published a White Book dedicated entirely to the issue of (chronic) pain. The book is a result of a co-operation between health care professionals and patient representatives and considers the fight against chronic pain being one of the most complex challenges of future health care systems.


Further information can be found here

Nov 2016: French Open letter to the future President of the Republic

22.11.16: In anticpation of the French Presidential election next May in 2017, doctors and patients have called upon the future President to "open a new chapter in the fight again pain". Our news report on the letter can be found here.

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Nov 2012: French SIP Symposium

tl_files/redakteur-bereich/National Initiatives/France/French_SIPNov2012_Flyer.JPGThe Impact of Pain on the French Society

The Symposium took place on Friday, 23 November from 13:00 to 14:30 during SFETD (Société Française d’Etude et de Traitement de la Douleur/ French Pain Society) annual congress which is "The pain specialist’s" congress in France.The French SIP meeting was successfully attended and supported by 250 participants.

Here you can find the Symposium's Flyer.
Please find here the Presentation of A. Serrie and the Presentation of S. Perrot

The Speaker´s Objectives:

Dr Luis Villanueva (French EFIC councilor) presented an overview of EFIC’s objectives, missions and meetings and highlighted the partnership between EFIC and Grünenthal  for SIP and EFIC Grunenthal Grant process.

Prof Alain Serrie (Medecin anesthésiste, Chef de service, Médecine de la Douleur et de Médecine Palliative, Hopital Lariboisiére, Paris et Président fondateur de Douleurs Sans Frontières (Pain without Borders founding president)), emphazised the importance to discuss the Societal Impact of Pain instead of Public Health impact which is often debated by pain experts. The Societal Impact of Pain is more relevant for Health authorities, payers and policy makers.

He presented the epidemiological data of pain in France (data from NHWS 2010):

  • Prevalence: This study confirmed a high prevalence of pain in France, which affect nearly 8.6 million adults.
  • Profile of people with pain: The persons concerned are mostly women, rather elderly, suffering from musculoskeletal disorders. 

They have a low education level and low income. They have a less healthy lifestyle, both aggravating factor and a consequence of pain. They have more personal and family history and report more comorbidities. These factors are even more intense and frequent when  intensity is severe.

Prof Serge Perrot (Médecin Rhumatologue, Chef de service Médecine interne et Médecine de la Douleur, Hôpital Hôtel Dieu, Paris) presented the impact on labor and use of health care systems in France (data form NHWS 2010):

  • This study confirms that pain severely impact business activities and that this impact is proportional to its intensity
  • There are significantly more people unemployed and long-term sick
  • The parameters on the quality of life at work is negatively impacted

Worsening of absenteeism and presenteeism

Decreased productivity and activity

  • The pain has a negative impact on the use of health care systems and the impact is also proportional to its intensity. People with pain were more likely to consult health professionals (conventional and unconventional). Consultations were more numerous (more than 2 per month in the group with severe pain). These same people are often presented to the emergency room and were hospitalized more often
  • The impact of pain is also reflected by a decrease in scores of physical and mental health.


Sept 2011: Publication"Le Quotidien Du Medecin"

French Publication in "Le Quotidien Du Medecin"

"L'impact sociétal de la douleur", September 2011

Full publication