Participation in IAPO Global Patients Congress
PAE Board member Mrs. Liisa Jutila attended during 24-26 May, by delegation from the PAE Board, the IAPO 2018 Global Patients Congress in Miami, Florida.
Patients’ representatives from all over the world meet on this occasion academics and researchers, policy-makers, industry representatives, healthcare professionals and other influential figures in the healthcare world.
The participants share best practice, gain insight into pressing healthcare issues and meet with others passionate about patient-centred healthcare.
It has been the opportunity for Pain Alliance Europe to look into more ways to collaborate with IAPO, particularly concerning the Pain Awareness Month, an event initiated by ACPA (American Chronic Pain Association) back in 2001, when the ACPA led a coalition of groups to establish September as Pain Awareness Month. ACPA established Partners for Understanding Pain and 80 organizations, both healthcare professionals and consumer groups supported the effort.
Pain Awareness Month is a time when various organizations work to raise public awareness of issues in the area of pain and pain management.
Partners for Understanding Pain is a consortium of organizations with an interest in the personal, economic, and social impact of pain on our society. The Partners’ mission is to:
- Create greater understanding among health care professionals, individuals and families who are struggling with pain management, the business community, legislators, and the general public that pain is a serious public health issue;
- Offer a comprehensive network of resources and knowledge about issues in pain management through the members, each of which brings its unique perspective to the dialogue; and
- Build understanding and support that can help people with chronic, acute and cancer pain lead better lives.
PAE will pursue this first good contact with ACPA in order to identify further synergies and partnership forms to the benefit of patients.