recommendations & call to action EU social legislation must be reliably and consistently applied across Member States, to support patients to live possible for themselves and their caregivers. Quality of life and employment should also be supported by ensuring universal and timely access to appropriate diagnostic services and the best currently-available treatments.
We call on European Policy-Makers, via the Institutions and Members States, to implement relevant European social legislation to ensure appropriate support for people living with neurological and chronic pain disorders. conclusions Across Europe, millions of people with neurological and chronic pain disorders struggle to get the treatment and support they need. The MEP Interest Group on Brain, Mind and Pain calls on European policy-makers – via the Institutions and Members States – to:
1. Support patient-led campaigns to educate, eradicate stigma and raise awareness of neurological and chronic pain disorders 2. Support research into the development of innovative prevention and treatment options within a regulatory framework which facilitates equitable access to affordable therapies 3. Strengthen patient involvement in research, policy-setting and decision-making 4. Implement relevant European social legislation to ensure appropriate support for people living with neurological and chronic pain disorders
“Chronic pain and neurological disorders affect millions of people in Europe and involve huge personal and economic cost. The Brain, Mind and Pain interest group will raise awareness about these conditions and their prevention and treatment. As with other health issues, many cases can be avoided by reducing exposure to risk factors and making healthcare policy, reducing the number and severity of cases in a cost-effective way.” Daciana Sârbu (Romania - S&D)
“This book is a unique opportunity for us to share our experiences, thoughts and ideas on how we can make neurological and pain disorder therapy more effective and accessible to all European Citizens. Ultimately, it is only through better education and understanding that we can increase the awareness, reduce the stigma and ensure appropriate treatment for brain, mind and pain disorders.” Marian Harkin (Ireland – ALDE)
“Chronic pain and neurological disorder patients and employment is a complex subject-matter, judging from the
important to work on the employment aspect and the health aspect at the same time, thereby combining two very and neurological disorders are not discriminated against anymore.” Jeroen Lenaers (The Netherlands – EPP) 15