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Vienna Pain Report 2018

Vienna Pain Report 2018

This first Vienna Pain Report looks at the issue of chronic pain in all its complexity. In order to do so, the highly complicated and multi-faceted phenomenon of pain must be seen in a broad context and from many different perspectives, particularly including the perspective of pain patients.

Compared to other chronic illnesses, relatively little attention has been given by the Austrian health-care system to chronic pain. Austria’s pain management landscape is characterised by a lack of standardised care concepts and insufficient treatment options. For this reason, Vienna has set itself the task of sustainably improving pain management services as one of the targets of Austria’s health-care reform to be achieved at provincial level.

The present report is based on different sources of quantitative and qualitative information: Results of national and international surveys, partly complemented by our own analyses, contents of studies and scientific work on the issue of pain, case studies from therapeutic practice, interviews with pain patients and patient letters sent to the “Allianz chronischer Schmerz Österreich” platform of self-help groups have been equally taken into account in order to cover as wide a spectrum of pain issues as possible. 

The following topics have been included in the report:

  • Epidemiology
  • Causes and risk factors
  • Gender-related and cultural aspects of pain
  • Living with pain
  • Pain therapy and pain management
  • Socioeconomic consequences and health policy challenges

As a final conclusion from the report a change is needed: "A reform of pain care involving all system partners concerned would need to start at the training level, but would simultaneously also have to cover medical treatment and therapy as well as rehabilitation. However, most importantly, this discussion has to involve representatives of at-risk groups and chronic pain patients in order to strengthen their health literacy."

Here you can find the complete Report in German, which also contains the English summary.

Autors: BACHINGER Eleonore, BRANDSTÄTTER Silvia, FOLKES Erika, GRÖGL-ARINGER Gabriele, GULD Susanne, GOLSABAHI-BROCLAWSKI Solmaz, HOFMANN Felix, JAKSCH Wolfgang, KRAFT Birgit, LEITHNER Daniela, MIHACEK Klaus Peter, PIRALIC-SPITZL Sanela, PREITLER Barbara, RADER Heidrun, SAN Ekim, SCHWEIGER Katharina, SCHWEITZER Ekkehard, WOLF Hilde

  1. Societal Impact of Pain (SIP)
  2. Vienna Pain Report 2018