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SIP 2019: Wrap up and next steps

Bart Morlion

At the end of the SIP 2019 Symposium, Prof. Bart Morlion spoke about the main results achieved by the platform during its first 10 years and what he wishes for SIP to achieve in the next 10 years. 

The symposium brought together key international experts in the field of pain care, along with patient representatives, policy makers and other stakeholders in the field of pain policy. The format of the Symposium was a series of interactive panel sessions focusing on the four pillars of the Joint Statement (indicators, research, employment, education). 

The Symposium focused on the implementations of the four pillars of the Joint Statement:

  • Investing in pain research at EU and national level: panellists in the session gave an overview of existing initiatives and exchanged on the role of research and innovation, i.e. Horizon Europe, Innovative Medicines Initiative.
  • Improving pain education for healthcare professionals, patients and the general public: pain advocates here discussed the need for formal pain education on chronic pain for HCPs, as well as raise awareness across stakeholders.
  • Improving employment conditions for people with chronic pain: during this session, speakers discussed how a combination of flexible working environments and improved care for people with chronic pain can unlock a world of potential for patients and the economy.
  • Developing better healthcare quality indicators to measure the impact pain: during this session, a set of recommendations on the EU and Member States to promote and implement the roll out of the 11th revision of the World Health Organisation (WHO) International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) and the WHO International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), with a specific focus on pain in health policies, were presented.

Prof. Morlion seazed the opportunity to demonstrate the significant achievements of the Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) platform on EU and national level in the past ten years and to inspire the SIP Community to bring Pain Policy to the next decade.

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