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Airing Pain 85: Pain in Europe

Why pain is a mat­ter of life and death, the strug­gle for diag­no­sis and chal­leng­ing mis­per­cep­tions of pal­lia­tive care

This edi­tion is fund­ed by Grünenthal.

Around 20 per cent of Europe’s adult pop­u­la­tion live with chron­ic pain and the con­se­quences for indi­vid­u­als and soci­ety are dev­as­tat­ing. In this edi­tion of Air­ing Pain we head to the Soci­etal Impact of Pain meet­ing in Brus­sels to hear from the patients, health­care pro­fes­sion­als and pol­i­cy mak­ers com­ing togeth­er to improve the lives of peo­ple in pain across the continent.

Dr Chris Wells explains why pain man­age­ment is a mat­ter of life and death and how to put pain high­er up the polit­i­cal agen­da. MEP There­sa Grif­fin takes up the baton with a call to make the work­place acces­si­ble to those liv­ing with pain.

Jane Moe­jlink describes the chal­lenges of get­ting a diag­no­sis for inter­sti­tial cys­ti­tis and Sjögren’s syn­drome in the face of scep­ti­cal doc­tors and the lan­guage bar­ri­er, while Pro­fes­sor Ilo­ra Fin­lay makes the case for a dif­fer­ent view of pal­lia­tive care. Plus: an update from Ire­land and burst­ing bal­loons to raise awareness.

Issues cov­ered in this pro­gramme include: Mis­con­cep­tions, pal­lia­tive care, pol­i­cy, edu­cat­ing health­care pro­fes­sion­als, epi­demi­ol­o­gy of pain, fund­ing of pain ser­vices, acces­si­bil­i­ty in the work­place, GP, neu­ro­path­ic pain, rais­ing aware­ness, chron­ic pain as a con­di­tion in its own right, patient voice and cancer.


  • Dr Chris Wells, Pres­i­dent of the Euro­pean Pain Fed­er­a­tion (EFIC®)
  • Jane Mei­jlink, Chair­man of the Inter­na­tion­al Painful Blad­der Foundation
  • Dr Mar­tin John­son, Chron­ic Pain Lead at the Roy­al Col­lege of Gen­er­al Prac­ti­tion­ers and Co-Chair of the Chron­ic Pain Pol­i­cy Coalition
  • Ilo­ra Fin­lay, Pro­fes­sor of Pal­lia­tive Med­i­cine, Cardiff University
  • John Lind­say, Chair­per­son, Chron­ic Pain Ireland
  • Joop van Griensven, Pres­i­dent, Pain Alliance Europe
  • There­sa Grif­fin, MEP for the North West of England.

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