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30th Edition of the Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) newsletter

Brona Fullen – European Pain Federation EFIC, Belgium

Dear Reader,

As the summer draws to an end, I hope you and your families are well. We are still living in uncertain times as regards COVID-19 as it continues to affect our personal and professional lives.

Despite this tumultuous and uncertain 2020, SIP has made important changes in the last few months. As many of you know, the European Pain Federation EFIC and Pain Alliance Europe has taken the lead on the strategic planning of the European SIP activities. After long time, SIP has now entered in a new age within my new mandate as EFIC President. I wish to congratulate as well as thank Professor Bart Morlion for his excellent work over the last three years.

In the first week of September we welcomed the new Project Manager, Jamie Wilkinson. Now that the team is fully on board we will continue working to find new opportunities to change pain policy for the benefit of the patients.

On 23rd of July 2020 the European Parliament issued the study “Strengthening Europe in the Fight Against Cancer: Going Further, Faster" which provides an overview of the current state of play in Europe in respect to the fight against cancer. Over the past few months, the European Pain Federation has made several contributions on the importance of multi-professional pain management, and are delighted to see this highlighted in the study. We hope that EU policy makers take note of this important document and ensure that multi-professional pain management in included in the quality of life aspects of Europe’s new Beating Cancer Plan. Within this framework, the Societal Impact of Pain, has finally published a position paper on Cancer - related pain.

SIP is continuing its activities at a national level, as for example the SIP National Portugal. We are looking forward to next SIP National call scheduled for 25th of September 2020.

SIP has been active submitting abstracts for pain meetings. In October it will attend EUPHA 2020 and present the abstract “Societal Impact of Pain thematic network – from European recommendations” as a platform presentation.

In addition the SIP – European Road Map Monitor 2019 poster is currently available at the IASP Online World Congress of Pain platform.

On June 24th 2020 Pain Alliance Europe announced the winners of 2nd edition of the Brain, Mind and Pain Grant. We are currently publishing all the winners projects on our website. Pain Alliance Europe also presented its own poster “Chronic Pain and Stigma across Europe” at the WIP Congress.

We encourage you to keep up to date with SIP’s activities using our calendar.

I am looking forward the next three years as President of EFIC working with and behalf of SIP.

Kind regards,

Brona Fullen

President of the European Pain Federation EFIC

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