In this section, national initiatives which have been set up in Spain can be found.
Best practice indicators for pain management
On the 8th of November 2012 the Symposium SECA took place in the "Palacia Euskalduna" from 11:30 to 12:20. The Symposium was hosted by Plataforma SinDOLOR, Grünenthal and FUINSA (Fundación para la Investigación en Salud).
Main topic of this meeting was to find indicators of good practice in pain management.
The project’s objective was to assess and agree in the first set of indicators of good practice on Pain Management in the Spanish NHS.
The post-operative pain is most received and best handled but the treatment of chronic pain, cancer and non-cancer pain can be improved in most pathologies. This has been one of the main conclusions drawn by the project "Indicators of Good Practice on the Management of Pain in the Spanish NHS", a pioneering initiative in Europe that was sponsored by the Platform SinDOLOR. The first results were presented on November 8 in Bilbao, under the XXX. Congress of the Spanish Society for Quality Healthcare.
Progress of the Project
After two years of hard work, the project has entered its final phase: the collection and evaluation of health services involved, over a dozen, have valued the inclusion of some indicators of Good Practice in different management contracts. The drawn results were additionally compared and supplemented with those from a survey by the SinDOLOR Platform and will be published on this platform and also being sent to all regional and national health services.
Uniform indicators for improved pain management
During the presentation of these results, the project leader, Dr. Pedro J. Saturno, Professor of Public Health at the University of Murcia, stated the main objective of this project "to have a set of indicators that can be used in all levels of care of our health system to improve pain management. It is the first attempt to provide a full menu of indicators for all types of pain and all situations where it is important to address this circumstance to ensure a quality health service.”
So far 47 indicators have been highlighted as maximum interest indicators in acute pain, chronic cancer and non-cancer chronic pain. Early next year references with the findings of the project as well as various publications will be available, which will reflect the commitment of health services.
Progress according to experts’ opinion
The symposium where these results were presented also included the participation of Dr. Enrique Barez, medical director of the Hospital Universitario de Álava, in the Basque Country, and Dr. Juan J. Cajaraville, head of the Pain Management Unit at the University Hospital of Navarra, and EFIC representative in Spain. Dr. Barez stressed the need to "create a culture of quality and safety among professionals working in the field of pain." This project, he said, "is a first step, as it allows us to have some basic parameters that may be provided by all pain units in our country."
On his part, Dr. John J. Cajaraville said this initiative "is an indispensable tool to try to lower the economic and social costs of chronic pain by improving the quality of life of these patients." EFIC's idea is "to take this project as a pilot study to later extended to other European countries in case of success."
For further information visit the SinDOLOR Homepage.
SIP Spain was successfully launched on June 26th 2018 in Spain after several patient organisations and clinical experts came together with representatives from the Ministry of Health and three other regional communities.
Juan Perez Cajaraville
Maria Soledad Garcia Penalta