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.

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 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.

Although being preliminary and potentially subject to changes, this constitutes a major step forward to

  • achieve greater attention to chronic pain as a global health priority and adequate pain treatment
  • enable acquisition of epidemiological data related to chronic pain
  • form a basis for adequate billing for health care expenses related to pain treatment
  • support the development and implementation of new therapies.

Here you can find the full Pain article on the ICD 11 classification of chronic pain.

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