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EXPERIENCES FROM A SIP NATIONAL PLATFORM IN PORTUGAL

SIP National, Portugal

In Portugal pain related annual costs are extremely high and back pain is the pathology that most burdens the Portuguese health system. This leads to an unmeasurable suffering of those affected and to a very low QoL of patients with chronic pain. To address this, under the scope of the European SIP Platform, SIP Portugal was established to improve pain care policies.

This platform brings together representatives from Portuguese organizations with an interest in pain care, such as: healthcare professionals, pain advocacy groups, patient organizations and pharma. SIP Portugal raises awareness of the impact that pain has on society, as well as on the health and economic system, and discusses how different stakeholders can cooperate to reduce this burden.

The poster presentation of the SIP national platform in Portugal will be held on Friday, 6th September from 1230 to 1330

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