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SIP 2019: Pain & Employment – Joint Statement implementation

Joachim Brites, Saskia Decuman, Elsa Frazão Mateus, Sarah Copsey

Pain Employment – SIP Joint Statement Implementation

Speaker:

  • Joachim Brites, Associação Portuguesa de Neuromusculares (APN), SIP Portugal
  • Saskia Decuman, National Institute of Health and Disability Insurance (RIZIV), SIP Belgium
  • Elsa Frazão Mateus, Liga Portuguesa Contra as Doenças Reumáticas (LPCDR)
  • Sarah Copsey, European Agency for Safety and Health at Work

Moderators: Michael von Fisenne (Grünenthal), Grainne O’Leary (Arthritis Ireland)

Session Objective

Since the publication of the Joint Statement in 2019, SIP and its national Platforms have been actively seeking to raise awareness of and implement the Recommendations. In this session, Speakers presented activities which have been launched in 2019 to address the Recommendations on pain the employment sector.

Policy Opportunities

The publication of the Joint Statement offers an opportunity for national SIP Platforms and other supporters to call for its implementation, both at European and national level. For example, SIP’s involvement in the EU project, CHRODIS+, offers a further opportunity for the national SIP Platforms to be leveraged and used to stress the unmet needs and gaps related to the work condition of people living with chronic pain. Indeed, it offers an opportunity to play an active role and provide recommendations to policymakers which can be replicated for the management of both pain and other chronic conditions. Pain and employment have been the focus of several national platforms, offering an opportunity for the exchange of best practice and offer activities for adaptation in other countries.

Background

Since the adoption of the Joint Statement, several national Platforms have been active in raising its awareness and seeking implementation at national level and European level.

The Portuguese Social Pain Platform (SIP Portugal) organized a meeting (1) with eight companies from different sectors of activity to present measures that aim to promote the maintenance of work or professional reintegration of the person with chronic pain, in order to reduce absenteeism and presentism, as well as early retirement due to disability.

In addition, SIP Belgium released a national SIP Joint Statement, outlining their goal to achieve better pain care and pain management as well as improve the (re)integration of pain patients in the workforce and society by developing and presenting multi-stakeholder recommendations to policymakers (2).

At European level, the European Parliament Interest Group on Brain, Mind and Pain held a meeting (3) in the European Parliament in early 2019, bringing together patient organisations, institutions and industry to discuss the stigma and discrimination attached to long-term neurological disorders (i.e. migraine, multiple sclerosis) and chronic pain conditions.

Furthermore, as a direct follow-on from the SIP Thematic Network outcomes, SIP is collaborating with the Joint Action of the European Commission CHRODIS+ (4), which aims to implement pilot projects and generate practical lessons in the area of chronic diseases. CHRODIS+ includes 42 Partners representing 21 European countries, who collaborate to implement pilot projects and generate practical lessons in the field 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.

REFERENCES

  1. https://www.sip-platform.eu/resources/details/sip-portugal-meets-companies-to-address-impact-of-pain-on-employmentc
  2. https://www.sip-platform.eu/resources/details/sip-belgium-has-released-a-national-sip-joint-statement
  3. https://www.sip-platform.eu/resources/details/fighting-discrimination-at-work-for-people-with-chronic-pain-conditions
  4. https://www.sip-platform.eu/resources/details/sip-collaboration-with-chrodis

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