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The Pain Alliance in the Netherlands; the way forward! - poster presentation at SIP 2019

R.L.M. van Boekel, K.C.P. Vissers – PA!N, Netherlands

The Pain Alliance in the Netherlands (PA!N), a chapter of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), aims to improve the quality of life of patients with acute and/or chronic pain through prevention and to develop and implement good multi-dimensional diagnostics and adequate sustainable treatments. PA!N consists of 11 professional associations and 1 patient association.

PA!N is the main contact point in the Netherlands for the multidimensional approach to pain and raises awareness of unnecessary and insufficiently controlled pain and the damage it causes to the population and the economy. PA!N encourages research concerning education and application of optimal prevention and multidimensional diagnostics and
treatment of patients with acute and chronic pain.

The latter is divided into four focus areas:

  1. multidisciplinary guidelines,
  2. professional education on pain and quality of life in the initial curriculum,
  3. patient education and
  4. pain research.

PA!N closely works together with IASP, European Pain Federation EFIC and SIP. PA!N published a factbook which highlights the extent of the pain problem and the severity of the burden of disease, including public health effects. Presentations to national politicians and policymakers were also held to raise awareness of these issues and how improvements can be made.

For further information about the SIP 2019 symposium, please have a look at the Event Programme.

You can find additional information under the following articles:

- Ingeborg Audier - Multistakeholder cooperation is the key to better treatment

- PA!N political round table meeting about pain

- Taking an action together against chronic pain

- How to improve post-operative pain care?

- Working on work; practice examples from the Netherlands

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