Societal Impact of Pain - Changing pain medicine through political action
EFIC, PAE, Spain
Between 4-7 September, the 11th Congress of the European Pain Federation EFIC took place in Valencia. It was attended by around 3.500 participants including healthcare professionals, patient representatives, industry and others.
The activities and the topics covered by the Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) receive increasing interest from these stakeholders. EFIC 2019 has been a unique opportunity to raise awareness of the impact of pain on society as well as share the SIP policy recommendations from the framework of the European Commission Thematic Network Program 2018.
The session aimed at explaining what SIP is (Thomas Tölle, Joop van Griensven and Bart Morlion) to ensure the right level of knowledge among the participants before deep diving into the SIP national platforms experience.
For this purpose, SIP France (Gisèle Pickering) and SIP Spain (Maria Soledad Garcia Penalta) presented their respective platforms from healthcare professionals and patients perspective including achievements and way forward.
Further to the European and national perspective, the global approach to pain and the approach taken by IASP (Lars Arendt-Nielsen) were presented, showing progress and alignment around the actions needed to advance the pain policy agenda.
See the detailed program with all speakers of this session attached where you can also find an overview of all SIP related sessions at EFIC congress 2019.