Sip Netherlands

In this section, national initiatives which have been set up in the Netherlands can be found.

Senior members of parliament, like Joba van den Berg (CDA), Rens Raemakers (D66) and Arno Rutte (VVD) listened to the different aspects of pain, often confronted for the first time with pain experiences by patients.

Moderated by Amela Halilović and Pepijn Knops the Dutch PAiN platform represented by Prof. Kris Vissers, Ilona Thomassen, Prof. Michiel Reneman, Dutch Councillor of the European Pain Federation EFIC and Grunenthal B.V. represented by Ivo Cerfontaine made clear how much impact pain has on many adults and children. For some members of parliament it was astonishing that 20 percent of the Dutch inhabitants suffers from chronic pain. In the Dutch health care policy, pain is hardly on the agenda and receives little attention. Therefore the objective of the meeting was to start a political dialogue to change this and to make sure that pain gets the attention it deserves.
The members of parliament confirmed to be convinced that in taking policy initiatives pain gets and remains in the spotlights. Hence a follow up by policy makers and PAiN can be expected soon.
You can find more information about the meeting in Dutch on the website of PA!N.

PA!N political round table meeting about pain

Senior members of parliament, like Joba van den Berg (CDA), Rens Raemakers (D66) and Arno Rutte (VVD) listened to the different aspects of pain, often…

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Chronic pain is a huge problem - in the Netherlands alone, no less than 2.2 million people suffer from this condition, incurring costs of up to 20 billion euros. Kris Vissers, Professor of Anaesthesiology, and Michiel Reneman, Professor of Rehabilitation, both co-chairmen of ‘Pijn Alliantie in Nederland’ (Pain Alliance in Netherlands, PAIN), an association of patient organisations and pain working groups, and Ilona Thomassen, chairwoman of ‘Pijnpatiënten Naar Eén Stem’ (One Voice for Pain Patients), explain why chronic pain deserves to get more Attention.

Taking an action together against chronic pain

Chronic pain is a huge problem - in the Netherlands alone, no less than 2.2 million people suffer from this condition, incurring costs of up to 20 bil…

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The Dutch go mainly with movement complaints to the doctor!

The most reported complaints to general practitioner are related to the musculoskeletal system, especially complaints to knee and lower back, as evide…

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What is the standard of care for chronic pain?

Hans Van Dongen, from Pain Alliance Europe (PAE) member association Pijnpatiënten naar één stem (One Voice for Pain Patients) shared details about an …

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Pain as a risk factor for common mental disorders

Results from the Netherlands Mental Health Survey and Incidence Study-2: a longitudinal, population-based study. Read the article about the study resu…

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