National Initiatives Netherlands
In this section, national initiatives which have been set up in the Netherlands can be found.
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
- complaints of the knee followed by
- low back pain without radiation and
- 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
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
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.
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).
Press 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 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
Listen to the full radio report (please click on image above).
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 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