Under the motto ‘Structured Cooperation of Health Care Systems’, over 300 European health care stakeholders from more than 20 countries met in Malta to discuss the “Societal Impact of Pain” (SIP 2017).
Under the auspices of the 2017 Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU, the scientific framework of the European Pain Federation EFIC (EFIC®) and guided by SIP 2017 partners Pain Alliance Europe (PAE) and Active Citizenship Network (ACN), the faculty of each of the working groups produced specific policy recommendations addressing the societal impact of pain.
Based on these recommendations, the organizing partners of the SIP platform formulated the following key recommendations directed at the institutions of the European Union and national governments:
1. Establish an EU platform on the societal impact of pain
2. Instruments to assess the societal impact of pain.
3. Initiate policies addressing the impact of pain on employment
4. Prioritise pain within education for health care professionals, patients and the general public
5. Increase investment in research on the Societal Impact of Pain
To review SIP 2017 Compiled Recommendations see here
Main Findings & Recommendations 2017 SIP Working Group see here