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 29th March the Finnish Pain Association, the Finnish Musculoskeletal Association and the Finnish Study of Pain organised a debate with the candidates of the upcoming election for the Finnish Parliament.The Meeting was organised at the Little Parliament and hosted by MFP Sari Sarkomaa. Special guest MEP Sirpa Pietikäinen opened the Event.
Six candidates from different parties attended  event where following topics were discussed in a spirit of how to bring pain on the political agenda in the months of the National and European elections and afterwards. 

relevance of ICD11 for pain
rehabilitation of pain patients
petitions for pain treatment and education
need of legislation and decisions for part-time workers suffering from chronic pain

The panel discussions were streamed live on the Facebook page of the association. 
 

 
 

Meeting of the Finnish Pain Association with politicians

On 29th March the Finnish Pain Association, the Finnish Musculoskeletal Association and the Finnish Study of Pain organised a debate with t…

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On 8 March, a law to strengthen the management of pediatric cancers through research, support for family carers, training of professionals and the right to be forgotten was introduced in France.
What does the law cover?
The law proposes a global strategy to improve the management of pediatric cancers. The National Cancer Institute (INCA) has been given a leading role and is responsible for rolling out a 10-year strategy.
Why is the new law important to SIP?
The new law is particularly important as Article 6 focuses on pain management. The article states that the Government will submit a report to Parliament on pain management by pediatric oncology centers. 
The report, which must be published no later than twelve months after the law is implemented (i.e. March 2020), will focus current practices for the screening and treatment of children's pain, as part of the overall care they receive. 
Additionally, the report will look into the training and education on pain made available for healthcare professionals working in pediatric oncology and treatment centers dedicated to pain in France. 
It will also examine what level of access children and adolescents with cancer have to appropriate medicines and treatments. 
Finally, the report will focus on the possibility of setting up a fourth "pain plan".
France has long been a pioneer in improving pain management. Its government notably created several successive plans to manage pain between 1998 and 2010.
After many years, this law could be an opportunity to improve the management of acute and chronic pain.
More articles about cancer pain:
First guide in Spain for the interdisciplinary approach to cancer pain 
SIP 2016, WG3: Recommendations on 'The relevance of pain in cancer care and rehabilitation
SIP 2017: The role of pain in future cancer policy?

Pain management in children with cancer is now a priority in…

On 8 March, a law to strengthen the management of pediatric cancers through research, support for family carers, training of professionals and the rig…

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"The Health care system is there to for the patients and not the other way around," explains Thomas Isenberg Managing Director of the German Pain Society, at the inaugural meeting of the new "Working group patient organisations" in the German Pain Society. 
The Working Group is made up of the representatives of those patient organisations who have recently become institutional, corresponding Members of the German Pain Society: 
• UVSD SchmerzLOS e.V. 
• MigräneLiga e.V Deutschland 
• CRPS Bundesverband Deutschland e.V 
• Deutsche Restless Legs Vereinigung RLS e.V. 
• Deutsche Fibromyalgie Vereinigung DFV e.V 
You can find the full information (in German) in the Newsletter of SchmerzLOS e.V.

Working Group Patient Organisations founded in the German Pa…

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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…

On March 20, the Portuguese Social Pain Platform (SIP Portugal) organized a meeting with eight companies from different sectors of activity to present…

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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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