Symposium SIP 2011

2nd Symposium, May 3rd-4th, 2011 in Brussels, Belgium

At the beginning of 2011 the concept of becoming an endorsing organization was introduced, allowing local, regional, national and international scientific organizations, patient advocacy groups and health authorities to approve of the scientific contents of the second SIP symposium and to provide their (non-financial) support. More than 85 organizations confirmed their endorsement for the scientific aims of SIP 2011.

The second European SIP symposium took place in the European Parliament in Brussels/Belgium from 3-4 May 2011 with the support of all three European institutions (Members of EU Parliament, EU Commissioner for Health & Consumer Protection John Dalli & EU Presidency Hungary (Jan-Jun 2011)).

The event provided an opportunity for key stakeholders to network, exchange best practice and create alliances for future collaborations on improving pain care. More than 300 representatives from national and European patient and health professional associations as well as academics were able to put forward their ideas and experiences with leading EU and national policy makers, including representatives from national healthcare payers and ministries, European Commission officials and Members of the European Parliament. 

A Road Map for Action

The Road Map for Action is the outcome of one of the SIP workshops. It outlines the key issues on how the EU institutions and member states can effectively address the societal impact of pain at EU level. Specifically, the Road Map for Action calls on European governments and Institutions to work on seven concrete policy dimensions of ‘pain’.

European Road Map Monitor 2011

The European Road Map Monitor 2011 is an evaluation based on the EU policy document ‘A Road Map for Action’. The preliminary data from the Road Map Monitor 2011 gives an initial overview of how the Road Map for Action and its national and international implementation is developing across the EU and its Member States.

The research tool was established by EFIC® to provide politicians and health care decision-makers with a benchmark on national policy in pain care throughout Europe. The early findings from the European Road Map Monitor 2011 have reinforced many of the on-going issues relating to the societal impact of pain.