One in five adults in Europe are living with chronic pain. Chronic pain has been described as pain that lasts for more than three months and can be unbearable, making everyday activities difficult and in some cases, impossible. Research suggests that many people affected by chronic pain could be suffering in silence. This serious condition continues to be misunderstood, misdiagnosed and inappropriately managed.
It's time to make a change and have your say. Pfizer, together with a number of leading patient and citizen organisations across Europe have joined forces to call for real change through the campaign "Can You Feel My Pain?".
How can you help? Below are the five key rights that we believe will help improve quality of life of those people affected by chronic pain. The five rights have been developed by Patient advocacy groups and citizen organisations representing people affected by pain from across Europe, in partnership with Pfizer.
We the undersigned, believe there are five key rights that will help improve quality of life for those people affected by chronic pain. The five rights have been developed by Patient advocacy groups and citizen organisations representing people affected by pain from across Europe, in partnership with Pfizer:
1) Right to be Understood: For chronic pain to be understood and accepted as a condition by: - the general public - employers (with appropriate changes made to encourage continued working)
2) Right of Access to Information: To be provided with accurate and improved information about their chronic pain
3) Right to Professional Support: To have access to healthcare professionals who have been adequately trained and fully understand chronic pain; specifically how to diagnose and appropriately manage the condition to limit it worsening
4) Right to Early Intervention and Optimal Pain Management: Access to healthcare professionals who can help identify the best possible pain management and support for each patient at the earliest possible stage
5) Right of Pain Relief as a Fundamental Human Right: Declare 'The Relief of Pain' a fundamental human right echoing the core principles set out by of ISAP, EFIC and the WHO at a conference in Geneva on 11th October 2004
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