EFIC NEWSLETTER 01 2020

EFIC NEWSLETTER 01 2020

WORD FROM THE PRESIDENT

Friends of the European Pain Federation,

Our first newsletter of the year is also one of the most important ones right now. What a start to the year 2020.

The new year has brought with it many challenges and special circumstances with how we see collaborations, teamwork, congress attendance and priorities of people around the world. Coronavirus has affected most of our colleagues and friends in their day to day life as well as in their organisations.

Even though we will not have a congress this year we have had many activities that have been postponed or had to be rescheduled due to COVID-19. Our yearly exams of the European Pain Federation Diploma in Pain Medicine (EDPM),  and the European Pain Federation Diploma in Pain Physiotherapy (EDPP) which were supposed to be held in April this year have been postponed until further notice and attendance to meetings and congresses have been paused. IASP has announced to reschedule their congress for next year, changing plans for our Council meeting, as well as creating a dent in our previously warm collaborations.

The decision from IASP to postpone their congress until summer next year has directly impacted our congress. We were planning on holding our congress in Dublin at the end of September 2021 and will now have to rethink how to organize the event in order to be able to give you all an interesting, yet original topic and theme. The unilateral decision from IASP came as a surprise. I am disappointed about the course of events and would have expected some more collaborative efforts and shared initiatives to find mutual mitigating solutions. Nevertheless, new times demand new measures, and we are looking into very exciting ways of having our congress next year which aligns with how the federation was planning to move forwards in these more digitalized ways of living these days. The theme of the congress, as well as execution of the congress, will go very well hand in hand and we are looking forward to present it to you all once the scientific program of the congress is completed.

In other news, there has been a kick-off for a Task Force created specifically for COVID-19 in order to keep our community updated with the relevant, scientific news regarding the situation and how to treat our patients affected by the virus. The Task Force will disseminate summaries of peer-reviewed articles relevant to Pain management through the EFIC website and we will make sure to be the source of available news for all of you out there. If you have any interesting scientific articles or news happening in your countries, please send them to Αυτή η διεύθυνση ηλεκτρονικού ταχυδρομείου προστατεύεται από κακόβουλη χρήση. Χρειάζεται να ενεργοποιήσετε την Javascript για να τη δείτε. for us to review and publish on the website.

Often negative developments bring with them some form of positive change, and the best way of handling quarantine, distress and worry is by trying to look at the positive angles of the situation as well.

The situation has brought people together, the care for our risk group patients as well as elderly is shown by the universal effort of protecting them, and we all learn to value the small things we take for granted, such as outdoor living, socializing and the importance of friends and family.

There will indeed be a new way of living after the dust from COVID-19 settles, but also new possibilities of how to keep everyone connected and involved even through the distancing screen of your computer.

Finally, I want to say a big Thank you to our community of healthcare professionals who are now in the front line helping everyone who needs them. Their heroic work will be remembered for years after COVID-19 is defeated.

Please keep safe, until we speak again,

Bart Morlion
President European Pain Federation, EFIC.

EDUCATION

EFIC Exams postponed


The April 2020 sittings of the European Diploma in Pain Medicine (EDPM) and the European Diploma in Pain Physiotherapy (EDPP) have been postponed due to the restrictions proposed in Belgium to manage COVID-19. We will find a replacement date in due course. All those who registered for April will be contacted when the new date is confirmed. Read more

View the webinar for the European Diploma in Pain Physiotherapy (EDPP)

EFIC organized a useful webinar to guide potential attendees, which was featured with a conversation between Prof. Harriet Wittink, Exam Director, and Deborah Davey, who took the Examination in 2019. Read more

EFIC Fellowship’s experience by Aleksei Potaturko

We are happy to share the experience of one of our EFIC Fellows, Aleksei Potaturko, who had the opportunity to attend the EFIC fellowship at the Leuven Centre for Algology & Pain Management of the University Hospitals Leuven in Belgium. Read more

ADVOCACY

The Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) platform, one of EFIC’s main advocacy projects, is due to undergo a few changes

The SIP platform is a multi-stakeholder partnership which aims to raise awareness of pain and change pain policies. SIP was founded by Grünenthal and the European Pain Federation EFIC, with Pain Alliance Europe (PAE) and Active Citizenship Network (ACN) joining as partners at a later stage. In 2019, Grünenthal took the decision that it should step back from its role as a SIP partner and instead take a sponsoring role. Grünenthal believes that the success of SIP depends upon the independence of the project. Read more

RESEARCH


Apply for the EFIC-Grünenthal Grant (E-G-G) 2021!

The EFIC-Grünenthal-Grant (E-G-G) is now accepting applications. Early-career scientists from across Europe can submit their innovative research projects in the area of chronic pain to be considered for a research grant from this prestigious scheme. The E-G-G is awarded by the European Pain Federation (EFIC) and sponsored by the pharmaceutical company Grünenthal GmbH. Since 2004, it has provided funding worth approximately €1.6 million for 65 innovative research projects across 13 countries. Grünenthal supports the E-G-G with a maximum of €200,000 every two years, and each grant has a maximum value of €40,000. Read more

Statement from the European Pain Federation on ibuprofen and COVID-19

The European Pain Federation EFIC is aware of the speculation concerning risks associated with the use of ibuprofen for the treatment of COVID-19 (coronavirus) symptoms such as fever. EFIC recommends following the advice of the World Health Organisation on this subject. Read more

UPDATES FROM OUR FEDERATION

A closer partnership between healthcare professions and patients


The European Pain Federation EFIC and Pain Alliance Europe (PAE) are strengthening their links, aiming to bring together the healthcare professionals and the patients. This is starting quite practically, with PAE joining EFIC in their offices in the heart of the EU quarter. Sharing this working space and discussing ideas and projects more frequently is going to be the start of a new era of collaboration. Read more


The Pain Alliance Europe (PAE) 2020 survey


Pain Alliance Europe (PAE) 2020 survey about how people use the new electronic devices/services to manage their health is now available! You are invited to fill in this short survey through this link, where you will find the survey available in 16 languages. The results of this survey will give PAE and its members input to help improve E-Health and M-Health apps for the benefit of the patients. To learn more, click  here

NEWS FROM OUR CHAPTERS

EFIC celebrate 30th anniversary of the University Hospital Osijek Pain Department

On the 9th of November 2019, the Croatian Pain Society – Croatian Medical Association (the Croatian EFIC Chapter) celebrated the 30th anniversary of the work in the Pain Department of the University Hospital Osijek. The Pain Department developed and grew to become a Pain Institute, and over time became the largest pain management center in Croatia and the region. Read more

SIP Belgium has released a national SIP Joint Statement

UPCOMING EVENTS

As we are sure you are aware, information surrounding COVID-19 is changing rapidly. Therefore we are unable to predict which events will be taking place in 2020, which will be postponed and which will be canceled. We suggest referring to the respective meetings' websites and social media channels for recent updates.


 

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