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Taking action against pain

To support healthcare professionals and patients in managing pain and related diseases Grünenthal has launched a number of initiatives and grants.


Change Pain is an initiative endorsed by the European Pain Federation, EFIC and Grünenthal. It aims to understand the needs of pain patients and develop solutions to improve the management of pain. Since the initiative was launched in 12 European countries in 2009, a great number of tools have been developed to make physicians’ daily practice easier, and more than 65,000 healthcare professionals have been involved in educational activities, either by completing web-based learning modules or attending workshops across Europe
... Check out the latest eCME modules

EFIC-Grünenthal Grant (E-G-G)

Biennial grants from Grünenthal offer €200,000 every two years for the E-G-G. E-G-G is intended to support early-career scientists to carry out innovative clinical pain research in any member country of the European Pain Federation EFIC®. Individual research grants are worth up to € 40,000 per project for a duration of up to two years. Research grants are intended for clinical and human experimental pain research, including innovative educational initiatives aimed at improving diagnosis and treatment of pain. The decision on awarding grants is made independently by a sub-group of the Working group for grants and prizes of the EFIC®.
... Check out the latest E-G-G research projects

“My pain feels like”

Many patients have a difficult time describing their pain in a way that allows doctors to really understand the potential cause and the impact on their lives. As a result, patients endure a drawn out ‘trial and error’ treatment approach that can last months or even years.
The main goal of “my pain feels like…” is to improve the communication between patients and doctors. The focus is on nerve pain (also called neuropathic pain), which affects millions of people worldwide. One part of the initiative is the “my pain questionnaire” which supports pain patients in reflecting their symptoms, describing them more precisely, and preparing for doctors’ appointments.
... Get to know “My pain feels like”

Societal Impact of Pain (SIP)

Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) is an international platform created in 2009 as a joint initiative of the European Pain Federation (EFIC) and Grünenthal. It aims to raise awareness of the impact that pain has on our societies, as well as our health and economic systems. It does this by facilitating the exchange of information and best-practice sharing across all European Union member states, and by developing and fostering Europe-wide policy strategies and activities for improved pain care. The scientific framework of the SIP platform is under the responsibility of EFIC. Cooperation partners for SIP include the Pain Alliance Europe and the Active Citizenship Network.
... Read more about SIP