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 the 25th of October, The French Ministry of health hosted an important event organized by SFETD, supported by the European initiative « Societal impact of Pain » and Grünenthal, reunited approximately 100 participants – comprising patients, health care professionals, policy makers – in order to further think on how to improve the pain patients in their journey through health care pathways, especially for the most vulnerable populations.
After debates about wandering, disability, lack of funding… a position paper developed by eleven organizations of medical societies and patient associations was shared with concrete actions to structure the care path of pain patient.
Pain French Society and press immediately broadcasted a summary of this call to the politicians to put pain as a society priority.
http://www.sfetd-douleur.org/le-plaidoyer-de-la-douleur-forum-du-24-octobre-2018

SIP France mobilized at the French Ministry of Health!

On the 25th of October, The French Ministry of health hosted an important event organized by SFETD, supported by the European initiative « Societ…

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Representatives from countries with SIP related activities and national platforms provided an update on their activities and policy developments at the SIP Steering Committee in Brussels on the 25th of Oktober. SIP Portugal, established in 2018, shared their objectives in a presentation (attached).

SIP Portugal Update 2018

Representatives from countries with SIP related activities and national platforms provided an update on their activities and policy developments at th…

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Background and objective
The Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study is a comprehensive disease assessment, which measures population health around the world annually and its results are available by country. We used the GBD estimates to summarize the population health status in Spain in 2016 and describe trends in morbidity and mortality from 1990 to 2016.
As a conclusion from the study, it became clear that back and neck pains were the most important contributor to disability in Spain in 2016. There was a noticeable increase in population burdens due to Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Tobacco remains the most important health risk to be addressed in Spain.
Joan B. Soriano, David Rojas-Rueda, Jordi Alonso, Josep M. Antó, Pere-Joan Cardona, Esteve Fernández, Alberto L. Garcia-Basteiro, Fernando G. Benavides, Scott D. Glenn, Varsha Krish, Jeffrey V. Lazarus, José Martínez-Raga, Maria F. Masana, Mark J. Nieuwenhuijsen, Alberto Ortiz, Maria Dolores Sánchez-Niño, Antoni Serrano-Blanco, Miguel Tortajada-Girbés, Stefanos Tyrovolas, Josep Maria Haro, Mohsen Naghavi, Christopher J.L. Murray
The burden of disease in Spain: Results from the Global Burden of Disease 2016
Medicina Clínica (English Edition), Available online 3 September 2018, Pages

The burden of disease in Spain: Results from the Global Burd…

Background and objective The Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study is a comprehensive disease assessment, which measures population health around the w…

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The German Society for Pain Medicine e.v. (DGS) has awarded annually since 1986 together with the German Pain League e.v. (DSL) the German Pain Prize – German funding prize for pain research and pain therapy. It honors personalities who have been recognised for their scientific work on the diagnosis and therapy of acute and chronic pain conditions, or those, who through their work have contributed to the understanding of the impact that pain has and the patients affected by the problem.
The grant Prize of €5,000 will be awarded on the German Pain and Palliative Day in Frankfurt/Main and in the year 2019 together by the DGS, the largest society of actively practicing pain therapists, and the DSL, the nation's largest patient Organisation for pain patients and their families, first donated without commercial support from the pharmaceutical industry. Nominations and applications must be submitted by 30 November 2018 at the latest. The choice will be made by an independent jury and the scientific advisory board.
Find more information on https://idw-online.de/de/news701136.

German Sponsorship award for pain research and pain therapy

The German Society for Pain Medicine e.v. (DGS) has awarded annually since 1986 together with the German Pain League e.v. (DSL) the German Pain Prize …

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Pain is something that many of us feel, but it cannot be seen and is quickly forgotten. For those living with persistent chronic pain conditions they often feel isolated as others cannot comprehend the impact pain has on every aspect of life. Chronic pain is not visible, it often prevents people from enjoying a full life, as work, family and social life are impacted and the condition can also greatly impact on sleep.
At Chronic Pain Ireland your pain is a priority…  A daily support is offered to people nationwide living and learning to live with chronic pain, their friends, and family. This is done through a support phone-line, email, online forum, self-management workshops, and information talks.
A number of nationwide events will be hosted over September to generate awareness but also deepen understanding of Chronic Pain and associated conditions, so please keep an eye on our events pages and see if an event is happening near you.
History of Pain Awareness Campaign
In early 2001, the American Chronic Pain Association established a Pain Awareness Campaign. This undertaking pulled together many organisations across the US whose missions complement the ACPA’s under the umbrella of Partners for Understanding Pain. A key element of the effort was to establish September as Pain Awareness Month. This coalition was committed to raising awareness through mass media, public forums, and other sources so that chronic pain may be more readily recognised, better understood without the traditional stigma attached, and more fittingly treated and managed. The partnership, spearheaded by the American Chronic Pain Association, strived to create greater understanding among health care professionals, individuals and families who are struggling with pain management, the business community, legislators, and the public that pain is a serious public health issue.
Find more information on http://www.chronicpain.ie/about-us/news/pain-awareness-month-sept-01-30th

September is Pain Awareness Month

Pain is something that many of us feel, but it cannot be seen and is quickly forgotten. For those living with persistent chronic pain conditions they …

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