In this section, national initiatives which have been set up in Austria can be found.
Quality assurance of pain care in Austria
Jaksch, W., Likar, R., Folkes, E. et al. Wien Med Wochenschr (2017). doi:10.1007/s10354-017-0563-5
In Austria there is no nationwide coverage of pain management, which meets even approximately international criteria. At present there are about 30 interdisciplinary pain management offices and clinics providing care according to a concept of the Austrian Pain Society (ÖSG), about 10 other outpatient pain clinics are located in district and country hospitals. A few years ago, there still were about 50 pain clinics. Yet closure of outpatient clinics and cost-cutting measures in the health sector jeopardize adequate pain relief for patients with chronic pain conditions.
Hence, the supply of care for approx. 1.8 mil. Austrians with chronic pain is not guaranteed due to lack of a comprehensive demand planning of pain care facilities. Furthermore, existing structures such as specialized clinics or emergency services in hospitals are primarily based on the personal commitment of individuals. At present, the various centers for pain management in Austria are run with very different operating times, so that for 74% of the chronic pain patients the desired requirements for outpatient pain management are not met and about 50 full-time pain clinics are missing.
Under the patronage of the Austrian Pain Society, various national specialist societies have defined the structure and quality criteria for pain management centers in Austria, include, among others, proof of training, cooperation in interdisciplinary teams or minimum number of new patients per year, depending on the classification of the institution. This stepwise concept of care provision for pain patients is intended as first step to help improve the care of pain patients in Austria!
The full article you find here: http://rd.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10354-017-0563-5
Many projects and initiatives were conducted in Austria by patient organisations, HCP-organisations and governmental institutions.