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EFIC highlight SIP project at 17th World Congress on Pain


The IASP World Congress on Pain will feature a special session devoted to the advocacy effort of the IASP and its various region, which will showcase the SIP project.

IASP, the sister organisation of EFIC (the IASP European chapters), have a role to play in improving pain medicine globally via political action. One of the most important projects of IASP has been its efforts to push for the WHO International Classification of Diseases (ICD) to include ‘chronic primary pain’ as a disease in the next update, ICD-11. Inclusion of chronic primary pain in ICD-11 could lead to a sea-change in which healthcare systems pay more attention to pain, starting with an increase in the reporting of patients with pain as a primary indication.

At the session "Advocating for Pain Relief Worldwide: Best Practices from Around the Globe" in Boston on the 15th September between 12pm and 13:30pm, IASP and its regions will showcase their advocacy work and their efforts to push for the implementation of ICD-11. In the second part "Introducing the Societal Impact of Pain: A Case of Successful Collaborative Advocacy for Pain in Europe", EFIC will lead a section of the agenda which focuses on the SIP platform and the SIP partners’ efforts to draw attention to ICD-11.

Speakers will include Professors’ Bart Morlion and Thomas Tölle, MEP Marian Harkin, and Dr. Paul Cameron, whose work is at the cutting edge of pain, classification and service delivery. They will highlight three very important topics:

1. Introduction of the Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) platform as Europe's leading advocacy vehicle for improved pain policy;

2. The methodology behind SIP and ways it could apply to other regions;

3. The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) as a key policy lever used by SIP in their advocacy work.

Read more about the congress here.

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