Brussels, April 10, 2014.
On the occasion of an exhibition and cocktail reception hosted by Petru Luhan, Member of the European Parliament and winner of the MEP award for Health 2013, a multi-stakeholder platform of patient organizations, academia and industry, called on EU institutions and national authorities to recognize the societal and individual burden of chronic pain and take adequate measures against it.
During the exhibition in the European Parliament, the Pain Patient Pathway Recommendations, the result of a pan-European survey spanning 18 countries, were presented to policy makers for the first time.
Also, the “My pain feels like” box – a psychophysical experiment developed by the Montescano Pain School of Italy – attracted a large number of audience and showed, through a combination of electronic stimulus and heat, how localized neuropathic feels like and helped empathize with the patients suffering from this disease and their challenge to express what they feel.
Representatives of national pain associations from UK, Italy, Romania, Belgium, The Netherlands, Spain, Poland, Germany, Finland were there to share their experience and work in the field of chronic pain.
The exhibition in the European Parliament was closed by a reception including presentations of different perspectives on chronic pain expressed by the policy makers (MEP Petru Luhan), the patients (Joop van Griensven, Pain Alliance Europe), the health professionals (Prof. Giustino Varrassi), the scientists (Prof. Roberto Casale) and the industry (Jeanette Hübsch, Grünenthal).
“We have to join forces in the battle against the devastating social and economic effects of chronic pain in Europe”, states MEP Petru Luhan.
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