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Stigma and chronic pain - article from MEP Jeroen Lenaers

MEP Jeroen Lenaers – European Parliament, Belgium

Chronic pain is a huge problem; not just because of its debilitating effects on those afflicted but also because of the associated stigma, writes Jeroen Lenaers in his recent article in the Parliament Policy, Politics and People Magazine.

MEP Lenaers has been vice-chair of the Brain, Mind and Pain interest group in the European Parliament during the previous term and is one of the endorsing MEP of the Societal Impact of Pain platform since many years.

He refers in his article to the important results of the PAE survey on stigma in pain in 2019. MEP Lenaers explains that it is a challenging task to reduce stigma, because chronic pain is usually invisible to others and those with chronic pain are reluctant to disclose for fear of stigmatisation.

Part of the solution could be to make the societal impact of pain a priority in the health systems of all EU Member States.

He says  "with the new parliamentary term already underway for more than half a year, I am glad to see that various interest groups like Pain Alliance Europe (PAE), the Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) Platform and others continue their important work."

Read the full article about Stigma and Chronic pain from 18 March 2020 in the Magazine of the European Parliament.

Check also further information about the PAE Workshop on Pain and Stigma at the SIP 2019 Symposium.

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