Patients’ right to avoid pain: reducing the burden of COVID-19, promoting best practices across EU

EU Civic Prize on Chronic Pain - III Edition - Award Ceremony

17th June 2021, 15:00 -16:30 CEST



Moderator: Neda Milevska-Kostova, PhD - Vice Chair, International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations (IAPO)

15:00 – 15:20 Opening remarks & keynote speeches

  • Mariano Votta, Responsible for EU Affairs – Cittadinanzattiva - Active Citizenship Network
  • MEP ​Kateřina ​Konečná (Czechia) The Left Group, member of the ​MEPs Interest Group "European Patients' Rights & Cross-Border Healthcare"
  • Catherine Berens,Deputy Head of Unit, DG Research & Innovation - People Directorate – D1 'Combatting Diseases' - European Commission

15:20 – 15:40 Managing chronic pain in the age of Covid-19

  • Italian Association Fibromyalgic Syndrome (AISF.odv), video testimony
  • Deirdre Ryan, Pain Alliance Europe, in-depth Survey on Covid-19 and Chronic Pain

15:40 – 16:00 Award Ceremony:

  • The value of a European Prize: Daniela Quaggia, Cittadinanzattiva - Active Citizenship Network

Price giving slide and comments by: Jordi Moya - European Multidisciplinary Network in Pain Research and Education (EMNIPRE), member of the Jury panel

  • Winner for the category PATIENTS’ EMPOWERMENT (Good Practice: "SIP’s pledge to uphold and implement the European Pillar of Social Rights”, Belgium)
  • Winner for the category INNOVATION (Good Practice: "From venomous animals to innovative pain treatments", Austria)

Price giving slide and comments by: Alba Malara, Scientific manager - European Confederation of Care-Home Organisations (E.C.H.O.), member of the Jury panel

  • Winner for the category PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION (Good Practice: "Musculoskeletal pain: knowledge and attitudes of physiotherapy students", Portugal)
  • Winner for the category CLINICAL PRACTICES (Good Practice " NO a la Guía INSS", Spain)
  • Winner for the NEW category "Covid-19 special action": (Good Practice: "Pain Management in COVID-19", Italy) 

16.00 -16:20 Facing challenges:

  • Dr Silviu Brill, European Pain Federation (EFIC) - Cancer survivors’ pain
  • Prof. Phil Fischer, Professor of Pediatrics, Mayo Clinic, USA, Consultant Pediatrician, Chair of Adolescent Medicine, and Associate Dean of Education Medical Students, Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City, Abu Dhabi, UAE- Paediatric pain 

16:20 – 16:30 Final remarks

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To know more:

“EU Civic Prize on Chronic Pain - Collection of good practices” - Third Edition
“EU Civic Prize on Chronic Pain - Collection of good practices” - First Edition.
“EU Civic Prize on Chronic Pain - Collection of good practices” - Second Edition.
The Engagement of Cittadinanzattiva in the Fight against Useless Pain
Good practices: the policy of Cittadinanzattiva

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