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16th edition of the Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) newsletter

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

Dear Reader,

on the 10th of April, the SIP delegation met with the European Commission for the kick off meeting on the Thematic Network program in 2018. The Commission representatives provided valuable guidance on how to produce a stakeholder-led Joint Statement and how to build on other existing initiatives. The goals of the Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) Joint Statement are (1) to improve the health systems by creating more understanding of pain among health professionals, (2) the inclusion of pain as a disease in health policies, (3) to address pain as a factor in employment (4) standardise pain education for professionals. Several SIP endorser and partner have followed our call to action to share documents or links to web pages they deem relevant on the topics of the Joint Statement.

What's next? A first WebEx Webinar with the Commission and other members of HPP
will take place on June 25th at 11.30 am CET with the objective to call for comments
and endorsement. Please join the WebEx Webinar where the first draft of a framing
paper document will be presented and discussed. We need the support of all SIP Partners and Endorsers to make the most of this fantastic opportunity with SIP as a Thematic Network in 2018!

In parallel to our activities in Brussels, SIP started to go “On Tour” in 2018. National SIP representatives and endorsers have started to build up national SIP platforms in Europe. In April, the partners for a national Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) platform in France came together and have signed the Charter for SIP France. Other national SIP platforms will be announced as well within the next weeks. Stay up to date with these activities on our SIP website and via social media.

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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