Why HEPMP project?

  • Pain is probably one of the oldest and most universal forms of stress and one of the
    earliest sufferings of humankind.
  • Pain is the follower of many diseases and conditions: Rheumatoid arthritis, postherpetic
    neuralgia, degenerative spine conditions, osteoarthritis, AIDS, migraine,diabetic neuropathy, and phantom pain are examples of chronic pain as well as cancer.
  • In the economic sphere, it is estimated that the cost to treat patients with chronic
    pains exceeds the total cost to treat patients with heart disease, cancer, and AIDS.
  • Prolonged pain is among the major causes of absence from work, sick leaves, disability
    retirement, severance pay, and low productivity. It is a problem of public health for its prevalence, high cost, and negative impact on the quality of life of patients and their families.
  • Despite the efforts and the fact that it is as old as humanity itself, pain neither has
    been completely understood nor can be totally controlled.
  • Low awareness of the importance of treating pain lies amongst the public and health
    care professionals.
  • Number of doctors trained for pain medicine is insufficient.
  • We need to improve knowledge about pain and raise awareness, both professionals
    – healthcare workers, and society, about the significance of this problem.

HEPMP aims

  • Strengthening Capacities for Higher Education of Pain Medicine in Western Balkan
    Countries
  • Development of Pain medicine service provision in the country by providing qualified trained staff.
  • Support will be granted to operationalize the recently established educational pro-
    gram in the form of pain medicine specialization and the possibility of the develop-
    ment of undergraduate education programs.
  • Establish an academic network and improve professional cooperation through opportunities provided by new technologies (Internet, telemedicine, etc.)

Tasks of the project

Tasks of the Universities of European Union countries

  • Assist in the analysis of the current situation in this area in Western Balkan Countries.
  • Defining the possible changes that would improve or introducing curriculum of pain
    medicine in the undergraduate and postgraduate education.
  • Training of trainers from Western Balkan Countries in the European Union countries.

Tasks of Universities of Partner countries

  • To modernize the existing curriculum of pain medicine specialization. Coordinate
    the existing postgraduate education curriculum in the field of pain medicine with
    European Pain Federation (EFIC) curriculum.
  • To develop a module lectures for undergraduate studies of pain medicine.
  • To develop a web platform for mutual learning and communication for health care
    professionals who deal with pain medicine.
  • To organize courses of pain medicine for doctors in primary health care.
  • Develop written material for Life Long Learning -LLL (books, brochures, scripts, leaf-
    lets, digital material etc).
  • Establish an academic network of health care professionals and universities in the
    field of pain medicine.