Pain is a core component of the patient’s experience within healthcare systems. The work of several European medical, scientific and patient organisations touches upon pain. Pain is relevant to all of us, and thus we wish to find a common way of working on subjects relevant to pain.

What we want to achieve is more power through a broader basis: with the European Pain Forum, we aim to create a platform where we can work together as medical societies, to ensure that we cooperate on issues where we share a common scientific understanding. In the future, this could lead to common responses to requests for expert opinion, the development of common clinical guidelines, and perhaps the development of common educational tools.

We are at the very beginning of our journey to bring the European Pain Forum to life, so, on 29 June, we organised a first brainstorm in Brussels with representatives of key medical, scientific and patient organizations that have a strong interest in pain to discuss the idea and objectives of the European Pan Forum, its long- term vision and stakeholders ́ willingness to work together. The meeting revealed strong interest of medical societies in cooperating in the next months to define the vision and mission of this initiative and organize a more formal meeting in the beginning of 2019. We will update you on next steps of the initiative soon!