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17th edition of the Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) newsletter

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

Dear Reader,

the first six months of the year have passed by and I am proud that we have already achieved many significant milestones of our Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) strategy plan for 2018.

Societal Impact of Pain has been selected as one of just three topics for the Thematic Network (TN) program in 2018 which is hosted by the European Commission’s EU Health Policy Platform. The Thematic Network program is a unique chance in 2018 to create enormous awareness on the objectives and activities of the European SIP platform and to connect with other European initiatives.

The SIP TN team has been very active in collecting information about SIP related policies and initiatives from its partners and endorsers. A Framing paper has been prepared with the support of many other stakeholder groups, which was presented on the 1st Live Webinar hosted by the European Commission on 25th June. The next step is to produce a stakeholder-led Joint Statement to be presented on a 2nd Live Webinar on 20th September. The goals of the Joint Statement on the Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) are to (1) promote pain as a health quality indicator, (2) promote further research on pain, (3) address chronic pain as a factor in employment, (4) promote pain education of healthcare professionals, patients and society at large. The final document will be presented at the EU Health Policy Platform annual meeting organized by the European Commission in November 2018.

In parallel to our activities in Brussels, SIP is becoming increasingly active on the national level in several European countries as well. I am happy to announce that national SIP initiatives have already started to take place in France, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands and in Portugal. Other countries are expected to follow this example within the next months, so that results and best practices can be shared in a Europe-based event in 2019. Stay up to date with these activities on our SIP website and via social media.

Another important milestone was the announcement of the 2018 winners of the first Brain Mind and Pain (BMP) Patient-Centered Innovation Grant during an impressive ceremony on 20th June in Brussels. The BMP Grant has been initiated by Pain Alliance Europe and supported by Grünenthal Group with the main aim to create an environment where patient centricity is the basis of future initiatives.

Check out our calendar on the SIP website to identify SIP-relevant congresses in 2018 – please don’t hesitate to let us know about any further relevant events we haven’t yet included.

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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