Societal Impact of Pain - Initiatives

Raising awareness for chronic pain on national level

Following the official launch of the "Societal Impact of Pain - A Road Map for Action" on European level in the European Parliament on 4 May 2011, it is SIP's mission to raise awareness of the relevance of the impact that pain has on our societies, health and economic systems and to exchange information and share best-practices across all member states of the European Union. 

The following information shows different country initiatives, press activities and communication materials from European Member States to make aware of the societal impact of pain in their country. 

In Deutschland leiden ca. 17 % der Gesamtbevölkerung unter chronischen Schmerzen. Das Behandlungsangebot ist vielfältig, aber nicht für jeden geeignet. „Daher brauchen wir Sie, die Schmerzpatienten und andere!“, sagt Prof. Dr. Julia Glombiewski aus Marburg.

Participate in the German study "Handling of Pain"

In Deutschland leiden ca. 17 % der Gesamtbevölkerung unter chronischen Schmerzen. Das Behandlungsangebot ist vielfältig, aber nicht für jeden geeignet…

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It has been calculated by the Techniker Krankenkasse that in 2017 every 11th day of sick leave was due to back pain. In total 8.8% of sick notes was due to back problems. Thus, back pain is a significant problem also for employers who should invest more in internal health management.

60 Million days of sick leave per year due to back pain

It has been calculated by the Techniker Krankenkasse that in 2017 every 11th day of sick leave was due to back pain. In total 8.8% of sick notes was d…

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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 evide…

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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 …

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The Spanish Society of Palliative Care (SECPAL), the Spanish Society of Medical Oncology (SEOM), the Spanish Society of Pain (SED) and the Spanish Society of Radiation Oncology (SEOR) have developed the first guide for the interdisciplinary approach to cancer pain. It will help professionals to prevent cancer pain and improve quality of life of patients.

First Spanish guide for the interdisciplinary approach to ca…

The Spanish Society of Palliative Care (SECPAL), the Spanish Society of Medical Oncology (SEOM), the Spanish Society of Pain (SED) and the Spanish Soc…

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