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15th edition of the Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) newsletter

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

Dear Reader,

On March 14th we have received the fantastic news that SIP has been selected by the European Commission as one of just three topics for the European Commission’s Thematic Networks program 2018. They are temporary networks of stakeholder organisations created in the EU Health Policy Platform. The purpose of a Thematic Network is to prepare stakeholder-led Joint Statements on important EU health issues, summarising the common position of the co-signing organisations. The entire SIP delegation is looking forward to collaborate with the European Commission in the coming months. Further information on opportunities to take part in the Thematic Network will be announced soon.

We are happy to announce that SIP will go “On Tour” in 2018. The national SIP representatives and endorsers have started to build up national SIP platforms in Europe. Further, SIP will be present at several international congresses to share the SIP success story. To stay up to date with these activities please check our SIP website and on social media.

Since the start of SIP in 2009, many great examples in pain management have been collected and published on the SIP website. Thus, the editorial team had the idea to focus on one specific topic per newsletter edition to share best practices, challenges and ideas from the SIP Community. The first theme is “The Role of the Pain Nurse”. Please read our article (link to be added) with several interviews from pain nurses and other experts in this field.

Check out our calendar on the SIP website to identify SIP-relevant congresses in 2018 and let us know if events are missing.

Wishing you a happy reading!

Prof. Bart Morlion

President of the European Pain Federation (EFIC)®

Director of the Multidisciplinary Pain Centre of the University of Leuven, Belgium

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