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SIP France round table in Lyon

Aude Alfonsi – SIP National, France

SIP France continues to raise awareness on chronic pain. After a first round of national mobilization with the Ministry of Health in 2018, SIP France is continuing the debate at regional level. On February 15, 2019, SIP France organised a lunch-debate on the course of care of the pain patients in the Auvergne Rhone Alpes (AURA) with the support of Lyon Hospital, host of the event.

The report of the lunch-debate has now been published in the Journal of the French Association for the fight against rheumatism – AFLAR & vous.

During the debate, participants had the opportunity to exchange on a number of issues, ranging from key concepts associated with pain such as therapeutic education and “compagnonnage” to the importance of digital health to improve pain care pathway. Participants also highlighted the dynamism of the AURA Region in terms of pain management as an example of best practices and cooperation between stakeholders. The relevant stakeholders could count on the support of the Regional Health Agency (ARS), which contributes to the smooth implementation of projects. Pain management at global level was also a key topic, where participants exchanged on the need to contribute to a new plan on care pathway for patients with chronic and acute pain.

It aims to spread at territorial level the national debate initiated last October at the 1st National Forum against Pain, held under the patronage of Agnès Buzyn, at the Ministry of Solidarity and Health.

During this debate, about fifty participants, representatives of the public authorities, health professionals, social actors, and patients exchanged on the challenges of the pain care pathway in the district and on the initiatives that could be developed to address them, especially in the most vulnerable populations to improve the diagnosis, assessment and management of the pain patients in their health pathway.

Participants were also able to attest to the daily difficulties in taking care of pain patients and the initiatives implemented by their organizations to address them. The meeting was also an opportunity to express their expectations of the public authorities to strengthen the management of pain.

Find more information and the agenda from the meeting here.

Looking forward to the next initiatives of SIP France to raise awareness on chronic pain!

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