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Global Trends and Japan’s Pain Policy – Virtu Global Expert Meeting


08:08 PM

Estimates show that 1 in 5 lives with chronic pain and loss of productivity brings huge impacts on society in Japan. Chronic pain is a complex condition and ones that is difficult to treat, and it is highly evident that multi-disciplinary treatment and care are needed. With these circumstances in mind, in 2022, the Health and Global Policy Institute (HGPI) compiled a policy recommendation entitled “Achieving Equity in Multidisciplinary Pain Treatment and Support Systems for Pain Management” based on hearings with patient advocacy organizations, healthcare providers, representatives of academia in the field of chronic pain, and other stakeholders. Issues that were identified included promoting education and raising awareness toward pain; establishing systems to provide specialized, multidisciplinary pain treatment; making primary care more comprehensive to respond to the complex issues of pain; establishing evidence and evaluation systems to gauge the effectiveness of various interventions; and the direction of comprehensive policy measures that encompass these issues.

Based on these previous discussions, this expert meeting will focus on a policy framework needed to integrate various interventions. Many developed countries have formulated national strategies for pain treatment and support for pain management. The area covered by those pain strategies spans many professions, medical departments, and systems. The topics covered include seamless collaboration across professions and medical departments and integration of health promotion, healthcare, and social welfare, which have been under intense discussion in Japan for strengthening community health and primary care. This event will aim to bridge these global trends and domestic discussions to further promote chronic pain policies in Japan by emphasizing the process of policy formulation.

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