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14th edition of the Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) newsletter

Prof. Bart Morlion – Multidisciplinary Pain Centre of the University of Leuven, Belgium

Dear Reader,


The new year started and many exciting activities related to Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) will take place. Building on our successes in Europe, we will focus on helping to establish activities at a national level this year.  

Some countries have already started to identify key stakeholders representing the SIP partners who might initiate and drive national SIP platforms. Based on a common strategy, we will help them shaping up their national campaigns.

SIP 2018 Strategy

We will continue engagement both on the EU and national level, focusing on the following policy hooks:

  • Pain as a healthcare indicator
  • Pain as a chronic disease
  • Pain education
  • Pain jobs and social participation
  • Pain accompanying other diseases

Depending on existing coalitions, capacities and expertise, the national SIP platforms will be set up to define activities and initiatives which will take place in 2018. Thus, this year there will be no EU level Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) Symposium, like in previous years. We count on your participation and engagement to make the launch of the SIP national activities a success!

Check out our updated calendar on the SIP website for SIP-relevant congresses and events taking place in 2018 and let us know if you hear or are part of any other interesting meetings addressing the social impact of pain!


We want to hear from you! Please share with us your feedback on how we may further increase the interest in SIP and share the knowledge of our partners and endorsers.

Warmest wishes for a healthy and successful year 2018,


Prof. Bart Morlion
Director of the Multidisciplinary Pain Centre of the University of Leuven, Belgium
President of the European Pain Federation (EFIC)®

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