Wells, Van Griensven and Votta on what SIP 2016 will bring

Dr Chris Wells, President of the European Pain Federation EFIC,  Joop Van Griensven, President of the Pain Alliance Europe (PAE), and Mariano Votta, Director of Active Citizenship Network (ACN) are the driving forces of SIP 2016 and pain policy making in the EU.

Read about their views on SIP 2016 in these exclusive interviews! 

In his interview, Dr Wells clarifies what needs to change at EU policy level. "We are concerned that there is very little mention of pain treatment as it relates to cancer care in Commission materials on the subject", he says. And also, "effective pain policies can positively impact the productivity and longevity of Europe’s labour force and delay early retirement", he proposes. 

Read Mr Van Griensven's interview. The President of the Pain Alliance Europe (PAE) urges all the actors involved to agree on a common plan. "If we don’t get that agreement, we are never going to achieve anything – that’s why this symposium is so important – it’s where this will all happen."

In his interview, Mr Votta focuses on the implementation of the cross-border healthcare directive with regards to chronic pain. "Cross border and cross institutional comparison of health care services in pain care require outcome criteria on patient-, consumer-, medical- and policy level", he says. 

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