In this section, national initiatives which have been set up in Portugal can be found.
Epidemiological study on chronic pain in the Portuguese population
A cross-sectional nationwide epidemiological study was performed in a random sample of the Portuguese adult population, aiming to describe the prevalence and impact of chronic pain (CP).
It has been shown that chronic pain is a significant problem that is present in 37% of the Portuguese adult general population, is associated with high personal, family, and social burden, and affects in particular the most vulnerable subgroups of the population.
Luis Filipe Azevedo et al., Epidemiology of Chronic Pain: A Population-Based Nationwide Study on Its Prevalence, Characteristics and Associated Disability in Portugal, The Journal of Pain, Vol 13, No 8 (August), 2012: pp 773-783
In June 2018 a group of multi-disciplinary healthcare professionals and a group of patient representatives met to identify relevant topics for SIP and launched the national SIP platform in Portugal. Both groups are now working together on their common priorities “Pain and Work” and “Awareness on Pain”.
Beatriz Craveiro Lopes
Maria Teresa Flor de Lima