In this section, national initiatives which have been set up in Belgium can be found.
Belgian Federal Ministry of Health
Planned reform of pain management in hospitals by implementing multidisciplinary algological teams in hospitals
Letter from the Belgian Federal Ministry of Health, Directorate for acute, chronic and elderly care, asking for candidates to run these pain centers.
The main goal of the project is to have an adequate pain treatment for all patients in hospital setting, focusing on chronic pain, sub-acute pain with the risk of becoming chronic and pain in children.
To fulfil these goals, care givers have to sensitized, treatment centers have to be created and a multidisciplinary team has to be build:
- multidisciplinary algological team; multidisciplinary centers for chronic pain; teams specialised in children; networking between hospitals; multidisciplinary algological team; psychological, nursing and medical competencies with a transversal function through the hospital.
- Sensitizing, Continuous training, Implementing guidelines, Contact point for questions, Consulting, Continuity
Potential constitution of a team:
- Anesthetist, Rheumatologist, Neurosurgeon, Neurologist, Psychiatrist
A maximum of 36 centers will be adequately spread over the country. The reform has started on 1 July 2013.
Read here the full letter of the Belgian Federal Ministry of Health (Dutch) and the list with pain centers:
In May 2018 a core team representing multiple stakeholder groups including payers started their work on launching SIP Belgium.