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Award Ceremony for European Civic Prize on chronic pain

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SIP 2019 Opening and Ceremony to Award the Winners of the European Civic Prize on Chronic Pain (2nd edition)

On November 6, the participants of the SIP 2019 Symposium came together to open the SIP 2019 Symposium and to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the SIP platform. On this occasion the winners of the 2nd Edition of the European Civic Prize on Chronic Pain were awarded. 

Active Citizenship Network (ACN) started the project “European Civic Prize on Chronic Pain - Collecting Good Practices” in 2015 with the aim to give evidence on existing good practices in several European countries in terms of struggle against pain.

The establishment of a “European Civic Prize on Chronic Pain”, based on the selection of the practices presented by different healthcare stakeholders (patients’ associations, health professionals, private and public hospitals, universities, etc.) provides an occasion for demonstrating what this community can offer in terms of experiences which are useful in raising awareness about the condition, enhancing the body of knowledge of positive cases and success, and strengthening commitment to this topic.

Second edition

In 2018, Active Citizenship Network launched the second edition of the project “EU Civic Prize on Chronic Pain - Collection of good practices” with the aim to continue to give evidence on existing good practices in several European countries in terms of struggle against pain. In particular, this second edition provided continuity to the successful collection started in 2015 and expanded the “agora” of operators of good practices on pain, encouraging the exchange of experiences among health professionals, healthcare providers, Institutions, civic associations and patient advocacy groups.

The good practices collection involved the networks and contacts of ACN in Europe. This collection allowed us to receive 40 Good Practices. These have been collected in a yearlong time period, going April 2018 to April 2019. Therefore, some of them may have been ongoing in the period when they were submitted, but they may be concluded now. The good practices come from 12 different countries: Spain (13), Italy (10), Portugal (5) Belgium (3), France (2), Malta (1), Sweden (1), Germany (1), The Netherlands (1), Ireland (1), UK (1), Dominican Republic (1).

Similarly to the first edition of the prize, 4 prizes were allocated by the jury a jury composed of international experts in chronic pain to the 4 best submissions. The winners will be offered the opportunity to share their projects in a public meeting pain related and a publication in English in a suitable journal. The award ceremony was celebrated in Brussels on 6th November 2019 during a welcome reception which takes place in the Concert Noble. The event has been realized in the framework of the SIP Symposium 2019.

The winner for the category PATIENTS’ EMPOWERMENT: “MyDystonia – a Digital Diary for Dystonia Patients by Dystonia Patients” by the civic organization, Dystonia Europe, Belgium.

The winner for the category INNOVATION: “DTX FOR PAIN”, Lucine Group, France.

The winner for the category PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION: “Supporting Local Pain Care Network development and Patient Empowerment Through M-Health: The Case of the RED App, a Compass for Patients and Healthcare Professionals”, Niguarda Hospital, Italy.

The winner for the category CLINICAL PRACTICES: “Rise-up”, Center of Interdisciplinary Pain Medicine, Dep. of Neurology, MRI Munich, Technical University of Munich, Germany.

For more information, please contact Daniela Quaggia (

Active Citizenship Network is responsible for the scientific design and contents of this Project, that shall be realized with the financial and non-financial support of Grünenthal and Pfizer.

More Information about the award ceremony of 1st Edition of the EU Civic Prize on Chronic Pain at SIP 2017 can be found here.

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