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19th edition of the Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) newsletter

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

Dear Reader,

What a phenomenal year it’s been for pain advocacy!

On 25th October 2018, we gathered together more than 60 of Europe’s foremost pain care advocates for our annual SIP Steering Committee.

This year, our focus was to listen to what’s happening on the ground at a national level and ensure the sharing of knowledge between national SIP groups.

Some highlights from the local groups include this infographic video from Malta and the report from the important meeting of SIP France at French Ministry of Health on October 24th. Every country has a great story to tell. You can read the report of the SIP Steering Committee here.

The second half of the day was dedicated to forming our strategy for 2019. A big part of this strategy will be the implementation and endorsement of our Joint Statement of the SIP Thematic Network.

If you haven’t already, please read the Joint Statement.

Contributions to the Joint Statement are now closed. But we will continue to gather endorsers until the end of the year.

Endorse the Joint Statement

Join other European organisations in endorsing the Joint Statement by contacting

There are still some important milestones for you to remember before the end of the year:

  • 12 November: Presentation of the Joint Statement to European Commission
  • 28 November: Presentation of the Joint Statement at the 11th European Public Health Conference in Ljubliana

Make sure you send in your endorsements and the logo of your organisation, a few days prior to these events to be included in the version presented.

Thank you again for your support and contributions. We look forward hearing from you very soon.



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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