Alfred Sant pushes for action to tackle ‘societal impact of pain’

Leading experts and top decision makers and stakeholders convened in Malta at the 2017 Societal Impact of Pain Symposium toaddress this urgent issue and find solutions to help European governments and EU Institutions act and prioritise the societal impact of pain in their policy agenda.

“Pain imposes a heavy burden on individuals’ private lives and leads to enormous costs for healthcare systems as well as for our societies and economies. From the patient’s aspect, pain is not always a temporary symptom of a disease. In fact, it could also become chronic with the need of specific treatment. Sadly, too few chronic pain patients receive treatment with devastating effects on their quality of life, and eventually on that of their families. Figures show that in Malta, one in five people are feeling pain,” Dr Sant told the Symposium.

The 2017 SIP Symposium structured discussions around the following issue areas:  pain as a quality indicator for health care systems; European and national platforms addressing the societal impact of pain; impact of pain on labour and employment and challenges, lighthouses and best practices in pain policy.. This will lead to concrete policy suggestions which will be ratified at the plenary at the European Parliament.