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Airing Pain 20: The Social Costs of Pain

The soci­etal and eco­nom­ic impact of pain and dri­ving pain up the agenda

This pro­gramme was fund­ed by an edu­ca­tion­al grant from Grünenthal.

Pain has a huge impact not just on indi­vid­u­als but also on soci­ety, health­care sys­tems and the econ­o­my. Air­ing Pain takes a look at how the Inter­na­tion­al Asso­ci­a­tion for the Study of Pain’s Dec­la­ra­tion of Mon­tréal and EFIC (the Euro­pean Fed­er­a­tion of Inter­na­tion­al Asso­ci­a­tion for the Study of Pain Chap­ters) are work­ing to dri­ve pain up the polit­i­cal agen­da. We inter­view experts in health­care pol­i­cy and chron­ic pain treat­ment as well as patient groups at EFIC’s Euro­pean Soci­etal Impact of Pain sym­po­sium for their views on how the way soci­ety and the med­ical pro­fes­sion respond to pain could be improved.

Issues cov­ered in this pro­gramme include: Soci­ety, eco­nom­ic impact, pol­i­cy, unem­ploy­ment, break­down of rela­tion­ships, rais­ing aware­ness, edu­ca­tion, right to health­care, every­day life, stig­ma, wait­ing times, patient voice, sci­en­tif­ic progress and med­ical research.


  • Dr Bev­er­ly Col­lett, Con­sul­tant Pain Med­i­cine, Uni­ver­si­ty Hos­pi­tals of Leices­ter NHS Trust
  • Dr Bri­an McGuire, Senior Lec­tur­er in Clin­i­cal Psy­chol­o­gy, Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty of Ire­land, Galway
  • Gina Plun­kett, Chair­per­son, Chron­ic Pain Ireland
  • Pro­fes­sor Dr Michael Zenz, Pres­i­dent, DGSS, Dept of Anaes­the­si­ol­o­gy, Inten­sive Care and Pain Ther­a­py. Ruhr-Uni­ver­si­ty, Bochum.


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