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First Meetings for SIP in Portugal

Gudula Petersen – Grünenthal, Germany

A group of multi-disciplinary healthcare professionals and a group of patient representatives have met on June 15th and July 10th to get their interest in Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) and to identify relevant topics for a national SIP platform in Portugal.

On June 15th, about 10 members of APED came together with the SIP partners from European Pain Federation EFIC (Bart Morlion and Vittoria Carraro) and Grünenthal (Rita Tinoco and Gudula Petersen). The international SIP representatives have shared their knowledge and experience how to build a Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) platform in Portugal. Several examples of national SIP platforms from other countries (like SIP France and SIP Malta) have been shared.

On July 10th, a group of 14 representatives from several Portuguese patient organisations representing different disease areas came together with Joop van Griensven (Pain Alliance Europe), Rita Tinoco and Gudula Petersen (Grünenthal) to evaluate their common interests in Societal Impact of Pain. Ana Pedro and Graça Mesquita (APED) joined this meeting as well to share the results from the discussions with the APED members.

It was identified that the interests of both groups are very similar. The groups will now collaborate on their common priorities “Pain and Work” and “Awareness on Pain”.

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