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European experts meet to push for improved pain management

Since 2010, improv­ing Euro­pean pain man­age­ment has been the key objec­tive of the Soci­etal Impact of Pain (SIP) lob­by group. On 14–15 May 2013, the SIP’s annu­al meet­ing will con­tin­ue its mis­sion of rais­ing inter­na­tion­al aware­ness of the impact of pain. The meet­ing, host­ed by the EU Eco­nom­ic & Social Com­mit­tee and the EU Par­lia­ment in Brus­sels, will be cen­tred on two main topics:

• The objec­tive of SIP Focus Group 1 will be to devel­op and agree upon a set of indi­ca­tors for chron­ic non-malig­nant pain management.

• SIP Focus Group 2 will aim to devel­op a ‘Pro­pos­al for Action’ for rein­te­grat­ing chron­ic pain patients return­ing back to work.

‘It is impor­tant to make chron­ic pain vis­i­ble as a med­ical, eco­nom­i­cal and soci­etal dis­ease. Chron­ic pain has a big influ­ence on someone’s dai­ly life, work­ing life and fam­i­ly life.’ Explains Pro­fes­sor Hans Georg Kress, Pres­i­dent of the Euro­pean Fed­er­a­tion of IASP® Chap­ters (EFIC®). ‘We want to make sure that politi­cians and pol­i­cy-mak­ers in Europe and in the mem­ber states are aware of the soci­etal impact of chron­ic pain. There­fore, the out­comes of both focus groups shall give con­crete sug­ges­tions on how we can effec­tive­ly change pain man­age­ment and thus improve the qual­i­ty of life for our patients.’

Cre­at­ed in 2010 as a joint ini­tia­tive of the Euro­pean Fed­er­a­tion of IASP® (Inter­na­tion­al Asso­ci­a­tion for the Study of Pain) Chap­ters (EFIC®) and the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­ny Grü­nen­thal GmbH, the SIP facil­i­tates the exchange of pain man­age­ment infor­ma­tion and prac­tices across Europe. By pro­mot­ing the adop­tion of com­mon strate­gies and activ­i­ties amongst mem­ber coun­tries, the SIP con­tin­ues its work towards achiev­ing bet­ter stan­dards of pain man­age­ment with­in the EU.

For more infor­ma­tion and for details of the out­comes of these meet­ings, please contact

Soci­etal Impact of Pain (SIP) Plat­form
Tel: +49 241 569 1878
Fax: +49 241 569 5 1878
Email: sip‐


Euro­pean Fed­er­a­tion of IASP® Chap­ters
Medi­alaan 24
1800 Vil­vo­orde – Bel­gium
Tel: +32 2 251 55 10
Fax: +32 2 251 48 10


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