Celebration of World Pain Day in Spain
Sociedad Española del Dolor (SED), Spain
On October 17th the Spanish Society of Pain and the Spanish Pain Foundation organised a celebration at the Teatro Real in Madrid, in commemoration of the World Pain Day.
The two institutions aim to give visibility and sensitize society to the impact that pain has on patients who suffer from it; as well as encouraging constant improvement and research for proper treatment. More than six million people suffer from some kind of pain, which can have its origin in multiple pathologies and situations and affects in a very transversal way in our society.
This year, World Pain Day focused on the most vulnerable populations, including children and young people, the elderly, survivors of torture, organized violence and war, people with intellectual disabilities and development. They all share the impossibility of communicating efficiently with healthcare professionals, which puts them in a position of risk in terms of pain assessment and management.
Occasions such as World Pain Day, promoted internationally from the World Health Organization, aim to mark a milestone and give visibility to this silent condition that is often undervalued, underdiagnosed and not addressed correctly in its entirety even though it directly affects different pathologies.
At this event a special session was dedicated to Societal Impact of Pain - Spain, which was presented by Dr. Cesar Margarit.
Please find attached the programme and the press release to this event.