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The Initiative to optimize the Treatment of Pain
In 2009, Grünenthal started an international initiative called CHANGE PAIN® which aims to enhance the understanding of the needs of patients with severe chronic pain and to develop solutions to improve pain management.
Initiated by Grünenthal and endorsed by the European Federation of the IASP® Chapters (EFIC), the initiative involves pain experts from across Europe. The international Advisory Board is chaired by Professor Dr Hans Georg Kress M.D., Ph.D. (President of the EFIC) and Dr Gerhard H. H. Müller-Schwefe, MD, President of the German Pain Association (DGS).
Key objectives of CHANGE PAIN® are to generate a better understanding of physicians‘ and patients‘ perspectives, publish the results of research projects and communicate findings in scientific publications, as well as to increase knowledge of pain physiology to facilitate individual treatment decisions.
CHANGE PAIN® is committed to improve patient outcomes by providing solutions for healthcare professionals for daily practice. PAIN EDUCATION is a new educational programme focusing on the insights resulting from the discussions of the CHANGE PAIN® group.
The PAIN EDUCATION programme continuously provides healthcare professionals with up-to-date scientific know-how on chronic pain – to strengthen the expertise and support better outcomes in pain management by educating on a modern mechanism-orientated treatment approach. Healthcare professionals can acquire CME (continuous medical education) points by participating in the online learning modules.