Change Pain®

Change Pain

Change Pain aims to create a better understanding of pain patients’ needs and develops solutions that improve pain management. It was established by Grünenthal in 2009 and launched in 12 European countries. Since then, Change Pain has supported the development of a wide range of tools that make physicians’ daily practice easier. More than 65,000 healthcare professionals have been involved in its educational activities via in-person workshops and web-based learning modules.

65,000 healthcare professionals

In 2022, we reached more than 50,000 healthcare professionals with Change Pain educational events and around 580,000 people visited our websites.

Our mission is to improve patient outcomes by providing practical support in three core areas: Research, Communication and Education.

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  • Generating actionable insights into what healthcare professionals and pain patients really need.
  • Gathering new evidence about the pathophysiology and management of pain.


  • Publishing our findings in scientific journals (e.g. Current Medical Research and Opinion).
  • Sharing the latest scientific insights via a range of other channels (e.g. Educational events).
  • Providing information to support clinical decision-making.


  • Strengthening knowledge of pain physiology, diagnosis and management among healthcare professionals.
  • Improving awareness of effective self-management approaches for pain patients.
  • Translating scientific information to make it available in a wider range of languages.

We provide this support via local services operating within the overarching Change Pain organisation. This helps to make sure we maximise our positive impact by reflecting the unique local healthcare landscape, culture, and language.

You can access educational sites for individual countries below:


You can find specific examples of how the Medical Education initiatives are supporting better outcomes for pain patients in Europe and help us to move closer to our vison of A World Free of Pain by clicking on these highlight stories.