SIP National - from European recommendations to national implementations
Since the start of Societal Impact of Pain in 2009 the platform has achieved significant milestones on European and national level.
For example, SIP has been selected in 2018 as a Thematic Network on the EU Health Policy Platform with the goal to call for a European Framework addressing the societal impact of pain. The SIP Thematic Network created a Joint Statement with four key areas: Pain as a Health Quality Indicator, Pain Research, Pain Education and Pain as a Factor in Employment.
These four key areas have been used as a basis for projects and initiatives at national level.
Until now, nine SIP national platforms have been established in Belgium, Finland, France, Ireland, Malta, Netherlands (PA!N), Portugal, Slovenia, Spain under the guidance of the European SIP platform. Each platform has identified one or more key areas of the Joint Statement to take concrete actions for implementation. For example, SIP Belgium released a national SIP Joint Statement with the goal to improve the (re)integration of pain patients in the workforce and Society, SIP Portugal prepared a national Joint Declaration to present the common position of all those involved and to propose actions to be taken, relevant to pain in two categories: employment and education.
For further information on the SIP national platforms, please see the presentations at the SIP 2019 Symposium at a SIP National poster session.
Read also the SIP Toolkit how to build and maintain SIP national platforms.