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. 

An exciting Event has taken place on October 18th in Portugal with about 80 representatives from healthcare and patient organisations. The SIP Portugal Event was held at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation  in Lisbon with the title "Investigate, Evaluate, Educate, Act". The Panel session has been moderated by the journalist Isabel Stilwell.

SIP Portugal Launch Event

An exciting Event has taken place on October 18th in Portugal with about 80 representatives from healthcare and patient organisations. The SIP Portuga…

On 16 September, the members of SIP Portugal met to talk about the activities carried out over the past year and prepare for the official launch of SIP Portugal which will take place on 18 October.
The theme of the event will be "Investigate, Evaluate, Educate, Act".

SIP Portugal pre-launch meeting

On 16 September, the members of SIP Portugal met to talk about the activities carried out over the past year and prepare for the official launch of SI…

SIP Malta was initiated in 2016 to build a coalition of national SIP allies and to identify the gaps and needs how to improve pain management in Malta. Representatives from Maltese MEPs and MPs, the Ministry of Health, service providers, healthcare professionals, patient and citizens’ organisations agreed to work together to address the common theme of pain.
SIP Malta co-hosted the SIP 2017 Symposium and presented a Maltese consensus paper. This was followed by a research project on the impact of chronic pain in Malta. The results were presented at a conference in 2018, which led to a position paper on chronic pain for further policy work.
The next step is to actively contribute to the various consultation initiatives the Maltese government will be issuing, in preparation for the National Health Strategy 2030.

Experiences from a SIP National Platform in Malta - Poster p…

SIP Malta was initiated in 2016 to build a coalition of national SIP allies and to identify the gaps and needs how to improve pain management in Malta…


SIP France continues to raise awareness on chronic pain. After a first round of national mobilization with the Ministry of Health in 2018, SIP France is continuing the debate at regional level. On February 15, 2019, SIP France organised a lunch-debate on the course of care of the pain patients in the Auvergne Rhone Alpes (AURA) with the support of Lyon Hospital, host of the event.

SIP France round table meeting in Lyon in February

SIP France continues to raise awareness on chronic pain. After a first round of national mobilization with the Ministry of Health in 2018, SIP France…

SIP Belgium has released a national SIP Joint Statement, explaining their goal to improve the (re)integration of pain patients in the workforce and society by developing and presenting multi-stakeholder recommendations to policy makers.

SIP Belgium has released a national SIP Joint Statement

SIP Belgium has released a national SIP Joint Statement, explaining their goal to improve the (re)integration of pain patients in the workforce and so…

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