National Initiatives Scotland

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

May 2016: New Report on Chronic Pain in Scotland

At SIP 2016 Professor Blair H. Smith, National Lead Clinician for Chronic Pain, presented an up to date summary of the evidence on the societal Impact of Pain in Scotland highlighting the need for Chronic Pain services.

One in five people have chronic pain, rates of prescriptions for pain medications have risen dramatically and people with chronic pain have poor general health, quality of life and ability to work as well as having increased chance of dying earlier. The full report by Professor Smith is available here. More info by Chronic Pain Scotland you find here.

You can read the full presentation of Professor Blair H. Smith at SIP 2016. 

You can also see Professor Blair H. Smith presentation during the plenary session at SIP 2016.