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The Societal Impact of Pain - a Road Map for Action

In 2001, the European Federation of the International Association for the Study of Pain Chapters (EFIC®) published its Declaration on Pain which called on national governments and the EU Institutions to increase the level of awareness of the societal impact of pain. Ten years on from the EFIC Declaration on Pain, national and EU policy action has been very limited. At the same time, basic and clinical science have demonstrated the feasibility of pathways out of pain for many types of acute and chronic pain, but health care systems currently do not guarantee general access to these.