National Initiatives Sweden

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

May 2012: Swedish Pain Registry

Sweden: Pain Quality Registry for Pain Rehabilitation (SQRP)

As discussed during the first Swedish SIP meeting, which took place on 30 May 2012 prior to the international SIP symposium in Copenhagen, the development of a pain register in Sweden has been initiated. The regional collaboration project will be piloted by the two Swedish regions Östergötland and Västerbotten with the aim to improve pain rehabilitation with in the primary sector.

Rationale behind this register is the fact that every fifth patient  and up to nearly half of all patients are seeing their GP because of  pain. However, uniformed strategies to identify patients needing a multimodal pain rehabilitation on both primary care as well as  specialist level is still lacking.  The register will be tested on 400  patients seeking primary healthcare in the two regions.

The initiative nicely reflects how selected policy dimensions from the SIP Road Map of Action are taken up by Member States for addressing them with their national governments and implementing them locally. 

The registry was presented by Marcelo Rivano Fischer and Björn Gerdle during SIP 2012. 

February 2012: Epidemiology of chronic pain in DK & SE

To obtain epidemiological data on chronic pain in Denmark and Sweden, a literature review of epidemiological data on primarily chronic noncancer pain was conducted. The report is written by Julie Harker et al in February 2012 and has been published by the Hindawi Publishing Corperation. The full report can also be found below.

Full Report

March 2011: Socio-economic burden for chronic pain patients

Swedish Publication in the European Journal of Pain

Socio-economic burden of patients with a diagnosis related to chronic pain – Register data of 840,000 Swedish patients. 
A. Gustavsson, J. Bjorkman, C. Ljungcrantz, A. Rhodin, M. Rivano-Fischer, K.-F. Sjolund, C. Mannheimer

Received 7 March 2011; received in revised form 5 July 2011; accepted 19 July 2011. published online 22 August 2011