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Pain Alliance Europe (PAE) at Chrodis Plus Conference in Budapest

Pain Alliance Europe

PAE SURVEY 2018 at the CHRODIS+ Conference

Impact of Chronic Pain on Work Life and Employment

The CHRODIS+ conference this year is taking place in Budapest on the 14th and 15th of May. This conference is highly important for SIP as one of the 40 partners, collaborating with the Joint Action of the European Commission CHRODIS Plus which aims to implement pilot projects and generate practical lessons in the area of chronic diseases. SIP is represented by our partner Pain Alliance Europe (PAE) and is particularly involved in the Work Package (WP) 8 on Employment and Chronic Conditions. As chronic pain is the number one reason for workplace absenteeism and disability in the EU, it has been identified as one of four key issues for patients with chronic pain in the SIP Joint Statement.

Key speakers at the conference will be Ildikó Horváth, State Minister for Health, Hungarian Ministry of Human Capacities; Wojciech Kalamarz, Head of Unit for Health Determinants and International Relations, DG SANTE, European Commission; Miklós Szócska, former Hungarian State Minister for Health, representing conference host Semmelweis Medical University of Budapest; Antonio Sarria Santamera, CHRODIS+ Coordinator, Institute of Health Carlos III, Spain and Rokas Navickas, CHRODIS PLUS Scientific Coordinator.

According to the official agenda the plenary presentations will start in the afternoon when Matilde Leonardi, The Foundation of the Carlo Besta Neurological Institute, Milan, Italy will present "Health in all sectors: the role of employment for people with chronic diseases". 

As part of the poster sessions, the SIP Partner Pain Alliance Europe will present their survey from 2018 "Impact of Chronic Pain on Work Life and Employment", which like all their annual surveys investigates different aspects of the impact of pain on individuals and society. Impact of Chronic Pain on Employment is one of the four priorities of the Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) Group on the EU Health Policy Platform. PAE survey’s findings substantiate the policy asks of the SIP Joint Statement for reasonable, flexible workplace adjustments by employers which can help individuals with chronic pain to stay in work or reintegrate into the workforce.

Following articles present additional information on this topic:

- SIP collaboration with CHRODIS+;

- SIP Thematic Network: Pain as a factor in employment;

- Report from PAE's survey 2018 on chronic pain and work;

- SIP Portugal meeting with employers to address the impact of pain on employment;

- Meeting of Interest Group on Brain, Mind and Pain "Fighting discrimination at work for people with chronic pain conditions"

- SIP 2017, Working Group 3: Impact of pain on labour and employment

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