EFNA endorses the Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) Platform


‘Time for Action!’ symposium takes place on 23-24 May in Brussels

Pain is one of the most burdensome symptoms of many neurological disorders. This is why EFNA is, once more, endorsing the SIP platform symposium.

SIPPain places a heavy burden not only on people but also on society, in the form of elevated healthcare, social and employment costs.

According to the SIP organisers, we’ve reached a point of urgency for European governments and the EU Institutions to act and put the societal impact of pain on their policy agenda.

The 23-24 May multi-stakeholder symposium, entitled ‘Time for Action’, will drive this urgency to the heart of the European Institutions in Brussels.

Besides EFNA, over eighty-five organisations have already endorsed the Symposium. Endorsing organisations are offered to present themselves in the background booklet and will be given the opportunity to present themselves during the event at May 24th. Interested organisations can submit background information and logo at: www.regonline.co.uk/sip2016-abstract.

Discussions during the 2016 Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) Symposium will be stimulated through working groups focusing on the following issues areas:

  1. Pain as a quality indicator for health care
  2. Chronic pain: a disease or symptom?
  3. The relevance of pain in cancer care and rehabilitation
  4. Pain, rehabilitation and reintegration of workers in the workforce

The conclusions from each working group will be presented and ratified by MEPs at the symposium plenary on 24 May 2016, and shared with the wider public.

SIP 2016 will be co-hosted by the following Members of the European Parliament: Heinz K. Becker (Austria), Marian Harkin (Ireland), Jose Inacio Faria (Portugal), Nicola Caputo (Italy), Merja Kyllönen (Finland), Giovanni La Via (Italy), Jeroen Lenears (The Netherlands), Sabine Verheyen (Germany) and Takis Hadjigeorgiou (Cyprus).

For more information visit: https://www.sip-platform.eu or view the SIP 2016 background booklet here: https://www.sip-platform.eu/sip2016booklet

The scientific framework of the “Societal Impact of Pain” (SIP) platform is under the responsibility of the European Pain Federation EFIC®. Cooperation partners for SIP 2016 are Pain Alliance Europe (PAE) and Active Citizenship Network (ACN).The pharmaceutical company Grünenthal GmbH is responsible for funding and non-financial support (e.g. logistical support).