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European Year Against Pain

European and Global Year Against Pain in the Most Vulnerable

Since 2001, European Pain Federation EFIC® has held a centrally coordinated event named ‘The European Week Against Pain’ (EWAP). The 1st European Week against Pain was launched in the European Parliament.

From 2012 onwards, the event was known in Europe as the ‘European Year Against Pain’ (EYAP) with a centrally coordinated annual theme. National Chapters hold activities to gain attention amongst the medical community, the general public, and local media.

The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) with the collaboration of the European Pain Federation EFIC® provides briefing packs and factsheets on the designated theme, so that a general message can be unified globally and across Europe.

This year’s theme is pain in the most vulnerable

European Pain Federation EFIC

This 2019  European and Global Year Against Pain in the Most Vulnerable focuses on the following vulnerable populations:

  • Pain in older persons (including pain in dementia)
  • Pain in infants and young children
  • Pain in individuals with cognitive impairments (non dementia-related) or psychiatric disorders
  • Pain in survivors of torture

Previous Years’ Themes 2013-2018

European Pain Federation 2019 congress

Dedicated session at EFIC will be focused on the theme of pain in the most vulnerable – We spoke to Professor Patricia Schofield about how allied professionals can benefit from attending EYAP sessions at the upcoming congress. Watch it here


European resources

Societal Impact of Pain/EFIC resources and national best practices on pain in the most vulnerable

European Journal of Pain

Collected articles from the European Journal of Pain 2018 and earlier related to this theme available here

Global resources

How to get involved
Factsheet translations

Check here periodically for Fact Sheets translated into one of the languages of the 37 chapters of EFIC. We will post these as they become available. Please let us know if you would like to translate the Fact Sheets and contact us at


IASP Global Year Against Pain in the Most Vulnerable

For more information on the activities of the 2019 year against pain at global level visit the IASP dedicated page