Global Pain Initiatives

Raising awareness for chronic pain on national level

Following the official launch of the "Societal Impact of Pain - A Road Map for Action" on European level in the European Parliament on 4 May 2011, it is SIP's mission to raise awareness of the relevance of the impact that pain has on our societies, health and economic systems and to exchange information and share best-practices across all member states of the European Union. 

The following information shows global initiatives which are not related to any country or region.

Following the latest publication in Pain, it is suggested to include a classification of chronic pain in the upcoming 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases ICD. This suggestion is already reflected in the ß-version of ICD 11 which is currently out for testing and commenting until August 2016. The objective is to decide on a final version during the World Health Assembly meeting in May 2017.

ICD 11: Chronic pain to be included

Following the latest publication in Pain, it is suggested to include a classification of chronic pain in the upcoming 11th revision of the Internation…

Ensuring balance in national policies on controlled substances
Guidance for availability and accessibility of controlled medicines
The WHO Policy Guidelines for Controlled Substances provide guidance on policies and legislation with regards to availability, accessibility, affordability and control of medicines made from substances regulated under the international drug control conventions, herein referred to as “controlled medicines”. Their scope encompasses “all controlled medicines”, but with a specific focus on essential medicines. Controlled medicines play an important role in several areas of medicine, including pain treatment, treatment of opioid dependence, emergency obstetrics, psychiatry and neurology. The availability, accessibility and affordability of controlled medicines are important issues for all countries, but problematic for most of them.

WHO - National policies on controlled substances

Ensuring balance in national policies on controlled substances Guidance for availability and accessibility of controlled medicines The WHO Policy Guid…

WMA Resolution on the Access to Adequate Pain Treatment
Adopted by the 62nd WMA General Assembly, Montevideo, Uruguay, October 2011
PREAMBLE
Around the world, tens of millions of people with cancer and other diseases and conditions experience moderate to severe pain without access to adequate treatment. These people face severe suffering, often for months on end, and many eventually die in pain, which is unnecessary and almost always preventable and treatable. People who may not be able to adequately express their pain - such as children and people with intellectual disabilities or with consciousness impairments - are especially at risk of receiving inadequate pain treatment.

WMA Resolution on Pain Treatment

WMA Resolution on the Access to Adequate Pain Treatment Adopted by the 62nd WMA General Assembly, Montevideo, Uruguay, October 2011 PREAMBLE Around th…

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