Societal Impact of 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 different country initiatives, press activities and communication materials from European Member States to make aware of the societal impact of pain in their country. 

On March 20, the Portuguese Social Pain Platform (SIP Portugal) organized a meeting with eight companies from different sectors of activity to present measures that aim to promote the maintenance of work or professional reintegration of the person with chronic pain, in order to reduce absenteeism and presentism, as well as early retirement due to disability.
A Plataforma de Impacto Social da Dor na Sociedade Portuguesa (SIP Portugal) promoveu uma reunião com oito empresas de diferentes setores de atividade para apresentar medidas que pretendem promover a manutenção do trabalho ou reintegração profissional da pessoa com dor crónica, por forma a diminuir o absentismo e presenteísmo, assim como as reformas antecipadas por incapacidade.
The meeting was attended by the companies Delta Saúde, Grünenthal, Nabeiro Group, Novabase, Novartis, Radio and Television of Portugal, Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa and Teleperformance.
Of the measures presented, the following should be highlighted:

the adaptation and flexibility in full-time daytime jobs, in shifts, at night and / or with irregular shifts that vary between night and day;
the adaptation of the workstation and the promotion of ergonomic conditions; the possibility of doing work from home;
the bet on training and awareness about the problem of pain in the workplace but also the alert for stigma, discrimination and coercion at work;
the possibility of creating a support group for people with chronic pain within a company, without harming the work schedule, the employee and the employer.

Read also the full article.
More Information about impact of pain on employment can be found in the respective article about the SIP Joint Statement.

SIP Portugal meets companies to address impact of pain on em…

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Under the scientific responsibility of the French medical pain society (SFETD), "Societal Impact of Pain in France" organized a lunch-debate on the course of care of the painful patient in the Auvergne Rhone Alpes district on February 15, 2019, with the support of Lyon Hospital, host of the Event.
It aims to spread at territorial level the national debate initiated last October at the 1st National Forum against Pain, held under the patronage of Agnès Buzyn, at the Ministry of Solidarity and Health.

Report from SIP France Round Table meeting

Under the scientific responsibility of the French medical pain society (SFETD), "Societal Impact of Pain in France" organized a lunch-debate on the co…

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A round table of the French SIP, organised with the institutional support of the Grünenthal laboratory in France as part of the framework of the European Initiative "Societal Impact of Pain", will be Held as lunch debate, which aims to bring "ground" lighting to the national reflections initiated in October last year at the First National Forum Against Pain.

SIP Round Table AURA region

A round table of the French SIP, organised with the institutional support of the Grünenthal laboratory in France as part of the framework of the Europ…

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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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Mit diesem ersten Wiener Schmerzbericht wird das Thema chronischer Schmerz in seiner ganzen Komplexität beleuchtet. Dies erfordert eine breite Kontextualisierung des äußerst komplexen und vielschichtigen Phänomens Schmerz und die Einbeziehung verschiedener Perspektiven, darunter insbesondere auch die Sicht von SchmerzpatientInnen. 
Schmerz führt – im Vergleich zu anderen chronischen Erkrankungen – ein wenig beachtetes Dasein im österreichischen Gesundheitssystem. Die Versorgungslandschaft für SchmerzpatientInnen ist durch fehlende standardisierte Versorgungskonzepte und nicht ausreichende Behandlungsangebote gekennzeichnet. Wien hat es sich deshalb im Rahmen der Landeszielsteuerung zur Aufgabe gemacht, die Schmerzversorgung nachhaltig zu verbessern.
Der Bericht basiert auf unterschiedlichen, sowohl quantitativen als auch qualitativen Datenquellen: Ergebnisse von nationalen und internationalen Befragungen, teilweise ergänzt durch eigene Analysen, Inhalte von Studien und wissenschaftlichen Arbeiten zum Thema Schmerz, Fallbeispiele aus der therapeutischen Praxis, Interviews mit SchmerzpatientInnen sowie PatientInnenbriefe an die Plattform Allianz chronischer Schmerz Österreich werden gleichermaßen berücksichtigt, um ein möglichst breites Spektrum des Schmerzgeschehens abzubilden. 
Sie können den kompletten Bericht hier finden.
Schmerzbericht Wien 2018, AutorInnenverzeichnis: BACHINGER Eleonore, BRANDSTÄTTER Silvia, FOLKES Erika, GRÖGL-ARINGER Gabriele, GULD Susanne, GOLSABAHI-BROCLAWSKI Solmaz, HOFMANN Felix, JAKSCH Wolfgang, KRAFT Birgit, LEITHNER Daniela, MIHACEK Klaus Peter, PIRALIC-SPITZL Sanela, PREITLER Barbara, RADER Heidrun, SAN Ekim, SCHWEIGER Katharina, SCHWEITZER Ekkehard, WOLF Hilde

Schmerzreport Wien 2018

Mit diesem ersten Wiener Schmerzbericht wird das Thema chronischer Schmerz in seiner ganzen Komplexität beleuchtet. Dies erfordert eine breite Kontext…

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