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Societal Impact of Pain at EFIC Congress 2017

Euroepan Pain Federation EFIC, Denmark

Societal Impact of Pain (SIP): the classification of chronic pain as a condition and what it means for policies and health systems

Friday 8th September, EFIC Congress in Copenhagen

"If you manage pain, you manage the healthcare system" was the key message from the Societal Impact of Pain plenary session that met at the EFIC Congress in Copenhagen. The tenth annual congress brings together 3000 participants to discuss the pressing issue of pain in health systems and the need to address the impact of pain in Society.

What has been discussed?

  • Chair: Thomas Tölle, EFIC (Belgium)
  • Impact of Pain Platform? Bart Morlion, EFIC (Belgium)
  • Chronic pain as a condition or symptom – the IASP Position; Rolf-Detlef Treede, IASP (Germany)
  • What the classification of chronic pain could mean for pain policies? Marian Harkin MEP (Ireland)
  • What the classification of chronic pain could mean for patients? Liisa Jutila, Pain Alliance Europe (Finland)
  • The International Classification of Disease process - ICD 11 and chronic pain; Robert Jakob, WHO (Suisse)

The session has been relevant for anyone involved in pain policy e.g. health care professionals, politicians, representatives of pain advocacy groups, health insurance companies, health authorities, regulators and budget holders.


To continue to set the agenda for better pain policy, the session “Societal Impact of Pain” will build on the outcomes of this year’s SIP symposium held on Malta. It offers an opportunity to learn about the findings and discuss future policy initiatives.

SIP was also presented in the scientific section of the EFIC congress. A poster (info here) was presented to many visitors.

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