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French SIP Symposium
Dr. Luis Villanueva (French EFIC councilor) presented an overview of EFIC’s objectives, missions and meetings and highlighted the partnership between EFIC and Grünenthal for SIP and EFIC Grunenthal Grant process.
Prof. Alain Serrie (Medecin anesthésiste, Chef de service, Médecine de la Douleur et de Médecine Palliative, Hopital Lariboisiére, Paris et Président fondateur de Douleurs Sans Frontières (Pain without Borders founding president)), emphasised the importance to discuss the Societal Impact of Pain instead of Public Health impact which is often debated by pain experts. The Societal Impact of Pain is more relevant for Health authorities, payers and policy makers.
He presented the epidemiological data of pain in France (data from NHWS 2010):
- Prevalence: This study confirmed a high prevalence of pain in France, which affect nearly 8.6 million adults.
- Profile of people with pain: The persons concerned are mostly women, rather elderly, suffering from musculoskeletal disorders.
They have a low education level and low income. They have a less healthy lifestyle, both aggravating factor and a consequence of pain. They have more personal and family history and report more comorbidities. These factors are even more intense and frequent when intensity is severe.
Prof. Serge Perrot (Médecin Rhumatologue, Chef de service Médecine interne et Médecine de la Douleur, Hôpital Hôtel Dieu, Paris) presented the impact on labor and use of health care systems in France (data form NHWS 2010):
- This study confirms that pain severely impact business activities and that this impact is proportional to its intensity
- There are significantly more people unemployed and long-term sick
- The parameters on the quality of life at work is negatively impacted
Worsening of absenteeism and presenteeism
Decreased productivity and activity
- The pain has a negative impact on the use of health care systems and the impact is also proportional to its intensity. People with pain were more likely to consult health professionals (conventional and unconventional). Consultations were more numerous (more than 2 per month in the group with severe pain). These same people are often presented to the emergency room and were hospitalized more often
- The impact of pain is also reflected by a decrease in scores of physical and mental health.