National Initiatives Ireland
In this section, national initiatives which have been set up in Ireland can be found.
Chronic Pain – A disease in its own right
Ireland's Faculty of Pain medicine dedicated its annual meeting to the topic of "Chronic Pain - A disease in its own right and a major health care problem". Professor Michael Cousins from Australia and Professor Hans Kress from Austria were invited as keynote speakers during this meeting.
A recent study shows that almost one of every five European citizens has chronic pain, the economic costs is 300 billion a year.
The annual meeting of Ireland's Faculty of Pain medicine identified a range of ways in which the acknowledgement "Chronic Pain - A disease in ints own right and a major health care problem" will be a benefit for patients, physicians and society.
Please find the full article on this annual meeting on the Irish Times website.
Eight Rights for People living with Chronic Pain
On the 19 November 2009 the Irish health organization "CPI - Chronic Pain Ireland" stablished 8 rights to improve the life of people suffering from severe or chronic pain, the "Charter of rights against unnecessary pain". The aim of CPI is to provide information and support to those living with chronic pain, their families and friends.
The "Charter of Rights for people living with pain" claims that:
-Every individual has the right to know that pain does not necessarily have to be put up with
-Much suffering can be alleviated by adopting the right treatment
-The right not to suffer unnecessarily must be recognised and respected as well in hospital wards as in long term facilities.
Furthermore, this "Charter of rights against unnecessary pain" intends to inform citizens about pain and promote its prevention, control and treatment.