National Initiatives Netherlands

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

Feb 2018: The Dutch go mainly with movement complaints to the doctor!

The most reported complaints to general practitioner are related to the musculoskeletal system, especially complaints to knee and lower back, as evidenced by figures from NIVEL Care registrations.

Per 1,000 enrolled patients, there were approximately 700 consultations in 2016 for complaints to the musculoskeletal system. The number of consultations is higher in women than in men and increases greatly with age. For example, women 65 years and older average 1.5 times a year for movement complaints.

Most common complaints are

  1. complaints of the knee followed by
  2. low back pain without radiation and
  3. low back pain with Radiation.

NIVEL (Netherlands Institute for Health Care Research) investigates the effectiveness and quality of healthcare in the Netherlands and the relationships between healthcare providers, health care consumers, health insurers and the government. In addition, the institute carries out international research into healthcare in Europe. NIVEL is an independent research institute.

Further Information can be found here


Feb 2018: What is the Standard of care for chronic pain?

Hans Van Dongen, from Pain Alliance Europe (PAE) member association Pijnpatiënten naar één stem (One Voice for Pain Patients) shared details about an important project meant to support chronic pain patients.

Current treatments are commonly guided by healthcare professionals’ personal preferences. This article outlines, from a patient perspective, an effective Standard of care for patients with chronic pain.

Read the full article here

Dec 2017: Pain as a risk factor for common mental disorders

Results from the Netherlands Mental Health Survey and Incidence Study-2: a longitudinal, population-based study.

Read the article about the study results which has been published in December 2017.


Dec 2017: Improving postoperative pain care

This is the title of the Thesis from Rianne van Boekel where she analyses the quality of postoperative pain management in Dutch Hospitals. Here you can find the article and the full document.

Sep 2016: The Netherlands launches a health deal on chronic pain care

On 29 September 2016, the Dutch Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport and the Minister of Economic Affairs signed a “Health Deal on Chronic Pain”  together with pain- and  revalidation centres and the pain patient association.

The Deal’s objective is to prompt a change in the way pain patients are treated in the country by implementing improved standards of chronic pain care, especially in terms of quality and efficiency of the treatment. It also aims at making health care data accessible for scientific analysis, promoting e-health and e-learning solutions, and increasing accessibility to care innovations.

In the Netherlands, more than 2.2 million people suffer of chronic pain, which often leads to absenteeism and even disability. This condition has a significant impact on patients’ families too.

The Health Deal is signed by: Samenwerkingsverband Pijnpatiënten naar één stem, CIR, de Vogellanden, Realhealth, Sint Maartenskliniek, Radboudumc, Pijncentrum UMCG, Aratame Health, Diakonessenhuis, Landelijk Netwerk Oefentherapeuten Chronische Pijn, VUmc, Zilveren Kruis, HINQ, Happy Motion, the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport and the Minister of Economic Affairs. The Health Deal is also open to other interested parties.

Read the full article here (in Dutch only).

Nov 2011: Media Reports from SIP 2011

tl_files/redakteur-bereich/National Initiatives/Professor Huygen overhandigt het Rapport van de Regieraad aan Tweede Kamerlid Smilde_lr.jpgPress Conference on the Societal Impact of Pain in the Netherlands - Den Haag, 22 November 2011

Publication of the report "Chronische pijn” of the Dutch "Regieraad Kwaliteit van Zorg". Met: Gertie Filippini, voorzitter van de Dutch Pain Society; Frank Huygen, hoogleraar anesthesiologie en pijngeneesskunde van het Erasmus MC, Rotterdam; Mevrouw Smilde, Tweede Kamer - Woordvoerder volksgezondheid / zorg van het CDA

View the full Press Conference:
SIP Press Conference Part I 
SIP Press Conference Part II

View the Conference Press Kit

Dutch TV Report NCC Channel - October 2011. Report on the SIP Symposium during the EFIC Congress in Hamburg/Germany on 23 September 2011

Production: Jan van Parijs; Interviewes: Prof. Kris Vissers, University Nijmegen; Prof. Hans-Georg Kress, EFIC President

Dutch Radio Report: The impact of pain in society

Labyrint - Radio 1, 4 September 2011, 20:00-21:00

Labyrint Radio Report

Listen to the full radio report (please click on image above).

April 2011: Epidemiology of chronic pain in the Netherlands and its treatment

Publication: Epidemiology of chronic pain in the Netherlands, April 2011

Authors: Malgorzata Bala, Trudy Bekkering, Rob Riemsma, Julie Harker, Frank Huygen, Jos Kleijnen 

Epidemiology of chronic pain in the Netherlands

"Epidemiology of chronic pain in the Netherlands and its treatment"

The Netherlands Journal of Medicine published "Epidemiology of chronic pain in the Netherlands and its treatment" as a journal article in March 2011, Vol. 69 No. 3. (page 144 - 153).

Authors: G.E. Bekkering, M.M. Bala, K. Reid, E. Kellen, J. Harker, R. Riemsma, F.J.P.M. Huygen, J. Kleijnen

Report in Neth J Med