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EU Advocacy Groups Call for Awareness, Education to Address Widespread Stigma

Patients living with pain increasingly face an added dimension to their condition: stigma. At the recent meeting of the European Union’s Interest Group on Brain, Mind and Pain, advocates considered the impact of stigma on patients living with pain or mental conditions—and how greater awareness of the problem may improve their quality of life. Held … Continued

New EFIC study: striking differences in access to opioids in Europe

A new study of the European Pain Federation EFIC shows major discrepancies in the care given to Europe’s pain patients. The European countries handle the approval and funding of opioid medication very differently. Whether or not patients receive appropriate access to potent analgesic agents depends more on geographic accident than medical criteria according to Prof … Continued