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National Pain Plan Survey 2011

SIP Europe

In 2011 the symposium of “Societal Impact of Pain” (SIP 2011), took place in the European parliament. One of the most important outcomes was the Road Map for Action.

Based on this document, a 3-page questionnaire was designed by EFIC® board members to establish a tool to monitor annually the implementation of the road map at a national level throughout Europe. Moreover, additional questions referring to major achievements or major problems a country has encountered implementing its “Road Map for Action” have also been included.

It outlines seven concrete steps on how national governments and EU institutions can effectively address the societal impact of pain in Europe.  The preliminary data from the Road Map Monitor 2011 give an initial overview of how the Road Map for Action, and its national and international implementation, is developing across the EU and its Member States. The research tool was established by EFIC® to provide politicians and health care decision-makers with a benchmark on national policy in pain care throughout Europe.

The early findings from the European Road Map Monitor 2011 have reinforced many of the on-going issues relating to the societal impact of pain. Although the majority of countries reported to be in the process of establishing some form of national pain policy platform, the research revealed some of the challenges facing countries in establishing their own chronic pain policy. 

You can find additional information about this survey on the following links:

- Presentation from Rolf-Detlef Treede at SIP Symposium 2011

- Status report at EFIC 2011 Congress from Rolf-Detlef Treede

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