SIP Symposium 2014
SIP Symposiom 2014 - Interactive Panel Discussions
Pain therapy and palliative care are listed as healthcare priorities during the Italian Presidency of the EU Council in the second semester of 2014. This is exciting because for the first time ever all EU Ministers of Health discussed on the 22nd of September how to direct national and European strategies and health policies to address the need for improved pain care in Europe.
This year the programme committee decided to celebrate the 5th SIP symposium by inviting Nick Ross, widely regarded as one of the most professional conference moderators in the world. There was a brave decision to break away completely from the traditional format by inviting leading European stakeholders to join a series of provocative and audience interactive panel discussions and interviews. The aim will be to define what needs to be done now to ensure that chronic pain and palliative care will receive the priority on the agenda of the EU institutions and the member states also in the long term.
Aims of the SIP Platform
The European, multi-stakeholder platform Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) was created in 2010 as a joint initiative of the European Pain Federation EFIC® and the pharmaceutical company Grünenthal GmbH. The aims are to:
- raise awareness of the relevance of the impact of that pain has on our societies, health and economic systems;
- exchange information and share best-practices across all member states of the European Union;
- develop and foster European –wide policy strategies & activities for an improved pain care in Europe.
As a multi-stakeholder platform SIP provides opportunities for discussion for health care professionals, pain advocacy groups, politicians; insurances, representatives of health authorities, regulators and budget holders. The scientific framework of the SIP platform thereby is under the responsibility of EFIC®. Grünenthal is responsible for funding and non-financial support (e.g. logistical support)
More information: http://www.sip-platform.eu/
Endorsement of the SIP Platform
> 180 international organisations. A list of our endorsers can be found on the website.
Speech of Italian Minister of Health, Beatrice Lorenzin
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Panel Discussion 1:
Out of sight, out of mind - why the reluctance to see pain as a cretical issue?
Hans Kress, David Hughes, Neil Betteridge, Maria Teresa Garcia Baquero, Shelagh Wright
Panel Discussion 2:
Good practice - how do we stimulate innovation and accelerate the replication?
Chris Wells, Meherzin Das, Audrey Craven, Orsi Nagy, Jomie O'Hara
Aims - Panel 1
- Confirming briefly the key facts relating to the impact of chronic pain on European society from different perspectives
- Elaborate a better understanding of why there is such a reluctance to see chronic pain as a critical issue
- Understand the major hurdles that should be address in order to elevate the importance of pain therapy and palliative care at both the EU and member state level
Aims - Panel 2
- What are the real hurdles that are preventing the widespread uptake of the examples of good practise considering that the value and importance of early intervention and the prevention of chronification of pain is well documented.
- Excellent examples of good practise exist and were reported on at previous SIP meetings. It will be important to understand how the SIP stakeholders can work with the European Commission to support the wider replication of the cases collected by the B3 Action Group on integrated care.
- Why if effective treatments and strategies exist are these not being implemented effectively or with equity across Europe?
- Explore what is needed to stimulate a fresh wave of innovation that will inspire better outcomes for patients?
Panel Discussion 3:
Outcome of the Italian PResidency's discussion on Pain and Palliative Care at the informal Ministerial Council. What now?
Giustino Varrassi, Rolf-Detlef Treede, Robert Johnstone, Willem Scholten, Paloma Casado Durandez
Panel Discussion 4:
The Future: How can stakeholders advocating for the recognition of pain in Europe work together to ensure change?
Bart Morlion, Marian Harkin, Neil Betteridge, Guido Fanelli, Günter Danner
Aims - Panel 3
- Provide a platform to the Italian Presidency of the EU Council for furthering their political objective which is to ensure that pain and palliative care will receive a high priority on the agenda of the member states and also the European institutions in the future.
- Define the role that the SIP partners and endorsers can play to ensure the outcomes from the efforts and the work of the Italian Presidency will be used to ensure new forward momentum in the advocacy work for improved recognition for the need to ensure improved pain policy and treatment in Europe.
Aims - Panel 4
- Identify how each stakeholder group will define success in 1-2 years time?
- What could be done to ensure that the broad alliance of organisations in Europe working towards improved pain care and pain policies can collaborate closer in the future?
- Define what are the priorities that each stakeholder group should address in their own camp to ensure that patients can look forward to real progress and positive change in pain therapy and palliative care?
- Define what needs to be done urgently to bring new fresh momentum to the advocacy work on Chronic Pain
* note: all pictures are EFIC® copyright