Prevention of Pain
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The European Pain Federation has announced that the theme to this years European Year Against Pain event will be the Prevention of Pain

Since 2012, both the European Pain Federation EFIC and the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) have created awareness of pain through the European/Global Year Against Pain campaign by providing briefing packs and factsheets on the designated theme.

This year, the Prevention of Pain campaign will look at primary, secondary and tertiary forms of pain prevention.

EFIC On the Move campaign

To tie into this years theme the existing On the Move campaign, launched in 2017, will run alongside it. This campaign focuses on the importance of physical activity in preventing primary and secondary pain.

Previous themes

Pain in the Most Vulnerable (2019) looked at:

  • Pain in older persons (including pain in dementia);
  • Pain in infants and young children;
  • Pain in individuals with cognitive impairments (non-dementia-related) or psychiatric disorders;
  • Pain in survivors of torture.

Excellence in Pain Education (2018) focussed on the following key areas:

  • Public and Government Education;
  • Patient Education;
  • Professional Education;
  • Pain Education Research.

Pain after surgery (2017) strived to:

  • Share information worldwide about pain after surgery;
  • Educate pain researchers as well as health-care professionals;
  • Increase awareness of postsurgical pain among public officials, members of the media, and the general public;
  • Encourage government leaders, health-care organisations, and others to support policies that result in improved management of pain after surgery.

Pain in the joints (2016) addressed concerns by:

  • Sharing information on joint pain;
  • Connecting pain researchers to health-care professionals who interact with patients;
  • Increasing awareness of joint pain among government officials, the news media, the general public, and patient organizations worldwide, and;
  • Encouraging government leaders, research institutions, and other individuals and organisations to support research aimed at producing more effective and accessible treatment methods and outcomes for people with joint pain.

Neuropathic Pain (2014-2015)

Orofacial Pain (2013-2014)

Work-related musculoskeletal disorders

EU OSHA, the EU agency for health safety at work, will also launch a Campaign running from 2020 to 2022 on the prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).


The next event to be held as part of the Prevention of Pain campaign will be the Hands-on USG Interventional Pain Live Scanning & Cadaveric Workshop running from the 13th – 15th March at that Advanced Skills Centre, Bangalore, India.


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