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2017, WG4: Challenges, lighthouses and best practices in pain policy

2017, WG4: Challenges, lighthouses and best practices in pain policy
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Co-Chairs and Speaker of this Working Group

Antoinette Calleja, Bart Morlion, Boaz Gedaliahu Samolsky Dekel, Carina Raposo, Françoise Laroche, Jordi Miró, Kristin Kieselbach, Laura Fernández Maldonado , Marian Nicholson, Mary Vella, Michael Schenk, Patrice Forget, Patricia Schofield, Pete Moore, Robert Johnstone, Stefan Wirz, Tit Albreht, Wolfgang Jaksch


Pain and chronic pain affects a large proportion of the population. In fact, one in five Europeans suffers from chronic pain, which translates into millions of patients facing pain every day (100 million people in the 28 European Union countries alone). The distress of individual patients is coupled with the financial burdens caused by the condition and a General burden on society: impacting caregivers and families, the workplace and causing changes in relationships with other people. Governments and individual payers, pay high costs for pain-related care and disability support. However, the costs of care are often hidden in budget across all ministries, not only in the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs. Pain is a problem across Europe, and policy makers, patient advocates, campaigners, academics and administrators have approached the subject of  pain in a multitude of ways in different areas of Europe. The Societal Impact of Pain platform benefits from its wide variety of partners and allies, and from the opportunities for experience sharing provided at the Symposium.

During this working group, a wide selection of local, national and international projects addressing the societal impact of pain will be discussed. The goal is to identify and disseminate best practices as well as to share ideas for better data Collection, legal frameworks, pain education and patient involvement. There will be presentations of innovative Projects aiming to gain insights into issues related to pain and costs caused by pain which have been initiated in Europe. Thank you very much for contributing to the activities of this working group. Please try to add your expert perspective on the Topic. The consensus paper produced during this working group will be of a practical nature, providing best practice advice for the SIP partners and allies, drawing upon the experiences of SIP allies. We of course welcome examples at national level that are likely to be replicable in an EU policy context.

European Charter of the Rights of Citizens over 65 with chronic pain

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