National Initiatives Malta

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

June 2017: EU Civic Prize - Newly developed application for chronic low back pain Innovation

 

EU Civic Prize - Good Practice Number 1 (see Abstract and Background book for SIP 2017, page 214 ff)

Category: Clinical Practices


04/2015 – 05/2016


Objectives

  1. To design a patient-centered smartphone application serving as a pain assessment tool with the main function of recording and tracking pain.
  2. To create a functional application that is feasible for both the patient and the health care professional.
  3. To scientifically evaluate the validity, reliability and usability of the application.

 

Outcome

After testing the application and comparing it to the NRS, it was found to be a valid and reliable tool as all the participants showed a positive attitude towards the usability of the application. The researcher acknowledges that generalizations should not be made and though the application worked in these restricted circumstances, results may vary with other conditions. The researcher also recognizes that the application is still in its prototypical stage so further developments would be required. Nonetheless, the results obtained show a great potential and a satisfactory proof- of- concept. Ultimately, the aim of creating a Smartphone based application that is valid, reliable and usable was reached. Hence, within these restricted parameters, the presented hypothesis of no statistical difference between the application
and the NRS can be supported.

Information about Good Practice Applicant

Jake Fenech
Undergraduate Student
University of Malta, Faculty of Health Sciences


She is a physiotherapy student currently in her final year of studies to graduate as a physiotherapist. As part of her final year, she performed a study on chronic pain patients with satisfactory results.

Jan 2017: Launch of PainToolkit in Malta and invitation of Maltese Health Minister Chris Fearne to attend SIP 2017

The PainToolkit, http://www.paintoolkit.org/, provides relevant information and materials for people who live with persistent pain and for healthcare teams who support them. Pete Moore as the initiator of the PainToolkit has been invited by the Malta Health Network to hold several interactive workshops with patients as well as with healthcare professionals from Malta. The corresponding booklet is already available in multiple languages and has now been translated as well into Maltese with the endorsement and active involvement of the Ministry of Health in Malta. On the 28thof October Chris Fearne the Maltese Health Minister and several members of his ministry have attended a conference to officially launch the PainToolkit on Malta.On behalf of the SIP platform, Gudula Petersen from Grünenthal has taken the chance during this conference to personally invite Chris Fearne to attend the SIP 2017 Symposium on June 8-9 in Malta. SIP 2017 will take place under the EU presidency on Malta and with financial support of the Maltese Ministry for Finance.

Please watch also the video made by Pete Moore about his impressions from his visit on Malta.

May 2016: Malta shall talk about chronic pain: Societal Impact of Pain Symposium 2017 will be held in Malta

Sliema, 25th May 2016 - No Pain Foundation, a Maltese non-profit organisation of patients and professionals operating on European territory for the improvement of the quality of life of people suffering from chronic pain, has been invited to represent Malta as part of the Maltese delegation at the SIP Symposium 2016 (Societal Impact of Pain) which was held in Brussels on the 23rd and 24th of May. The Societal Impact of Pain Symposium discussed the way forward to help European governments and EU Institutions act and prioritise the societal impact of pain in their policy agenda.

During the Symposium the Scientific Director of No Pain Foundation, Prof. Boaz Samolsky Dekel, and the Secretary General, Mr Mauro Mario, acted as reporters during the workshop“Chronic Pain: a disease or multi-morbidity?” formulating, together with a selected team of international experts, policies and recommendations to be presented to the European Parliament with the aim of concretely improving the quality of life of the European population.

During this important meeting and following the intervention of Maltese MEP Alfred Sant,the Maltese delegation was once again invited to take the floor and formally invite the participants to the next SIP Symposium 2017 to be held in Malta during the European Semester. Worth reminding is that more than 20 European MEPs involved themselves in the SIP Symposium 2016 together with leading researchers and specialists in the field of pain, representatives of key European patients’ organisations, and senior European Commission representatives. The Maltese MEPs who participated to the SIP were Therese Comodini Cachia, Miriam Dalli, Roberta Metsola.

Silvana Fanalista, President of No Pain Foundation said: “This is a great opportunity for Malta since it will be hosting for the first time all European stakeholders (patients, associations, parliamentarians, citizens...) involved in the important issue of chronic pain. Hundreds of delegates shall have the opportunity to discuss issues of fundamental importance for the health of European citizens, finally giving chronic pain its deserved consideration”. She added that the chronic pain domain is a complex one, even if everything rotates around the patient, the distress also spreads out to the familial, emotional, social and economic strata; “Chronic pain – she said - not only represents a serious concern related to health and social issues, but also places a huge burden on national economies”.

For more information: info@nopainfoundation.org, www.nopainfoundation.org