Activities

Currently we would like to promote research in the field of pain therapy through the following activities and support the exchange of scientific knowledge and practical experience in the field of clinical work, as well as teaching and further training, especially throughout Switzerland.

30 years of studying pain in Switzerland!

1990 – 2020

Celebrate our 30th anniversary with us and take part in our annual congress on 1 and 2 October 2020 in Bern.

Special Interest Group

Scientific Brunches

Pain courses

Training Calender

SPS Awards

The book on the history and activities of the “Swiss Pain Society (SPS)” (formerly “Swiss Association for the Study of Pain (SGSS/SSED)”). Available for a contribution towards expenses from the SPS Central Secretariat at info(a)swisspainsociety.ch.

 

The book of the EFIC (European Pain Federation) can be downloaded here
SPS is a national chapter of the EFIC. See https://europeanpainfederation.eu/organisation/national-chapters-of-efic/

 

A summary of the SIP 2012 Symposium can be downloaded here.

2020

The IASP dedicates 2020 to the “Global Year for the Prevention of Pain”

Direct link to the IASP website
(Here you will find all important information on the current topic)

Webinar Series 2020
(Free webinars on the current topic)

Statements of support for 2020
The following companies support our campaign this year by acknowledging the importance of this issue.

2019

The IASP dedicates 2020 to the “Global Year Against Pain in the Most Vulnerable”

Direct link to the IASP website
(Here you will find all important information on the current topic)

Factsheets in German
(Translation of the three German-speaking pain societies, including the SGSS)

Webinar Series 2019
(Free webinars on the current topic)

SGSS participation in the Global Year
=> Join our SGSS Annual Congress 2019 – Sunday, 16 June 2019, Education Day of the 12th International Symposium on Pediatric Pain in Children (see www.ispp2019.org)

Statements of support for 2019
The following companies support our campaign this year by acknowledging the importance of this issue.

2018

The IASP dedicates 2018 to the “Global Year for excellence in pain education”

Direct link to the IASP website
(Here you can find all important information about the Global Year)

Factsheets in Englisch

Webinar Series 2018
(Free webinars on the topic)

2017

The IASP dedicates 2017 to the “Global year against pain after surgery”

Direct link to the IASP website
(Here you can find all important information about the Global Year)

Factsheets in German
(Translation of the three German-speaking pain societies, including the SGSS)

FAQs 2017
(Frequently asked questions on this topic)

Statements of support for 2017
The following companies support our campaign this year by acknowledging the importance of this issue.

BAG Bundesamt für Gesundheit (Federal Office of Public Health)

2016

The IASP dedicates 2016 to the “Global Year Against Pain in the Joints”

Direct link to the IASP website
(Here you can find all important information about the Global Year)

Factsheets in German
(Translation of the three German-speaking pain societies, including the SGSS)

Statements of support for 2016
The following companies support our campaign this year by acknowledging the importance of this issue.

BAG Bundesamt für Gesundheit (Federal Office of Public Health)

2020

Article in the «Schweizerische Ärztezeitung» (Aug. 2020)
about our 30th anniversary and the ICD-11
by Dr. Konrad Maurer

Joint press release of the German-speaking pain societies on the introduction of the new, internationally binding diagnostic code ICD-11

IASP press release (June 2019)
(here you can find the translation)

Press release of the German-speaking pain societies (Feb. 2020)

Article in “The Informed Physician” by two of our members Dr. Antje Heck and Prof. Eli Alon on the topic “Use of opioids from the point of view of pain specialists
Part One
Part Two

2019

Article in the NZZ by our president, Dr. Konrad Maurer, on the subject
“Cannabis als Schmerzmittel – ein Mythos” (“Cannabis as a painkiller – a myth”)

Original article in NZZ
Text of the article on SGSS stationery

2016

Press Release on EFIC Grunenthal Grant

Media advisory EFIC Societal Impact of Pain 2016

2015

Presentation of the recognition award of the Dr. Margit Egnér Foundation to Prof. Eli Alon

2008

“European Week against Pain” Press Conference Agenda

“European Week against Pain” Press Conference Invitation

2005

SGSS interpellation and federal response

Petition for a European recognition of Fibromyalgia disease

The SPS provides its members with one subscription each to the following 2 scientific journals.

Der Schmerz (in German)

«Der Schmerz» (The Pain) is an internationally renowned publication and is aimed at doctors of all specialties as well as general practitioners and psychologists involved in the treatment of pain patients or in pain research. The aim of the journal is to improve the long-term care of pain patients.

Link to Springer-Verlag.

Douleur et Analgésie (in French)

«Douleur et Analgésie» was founded in 1988 and is the first international French-language journal devoted to the subject of pain.

This quarterly magazine was immediately well received by researchers and clinicians specialising in this field, thanks to its scientific quality and independence. Since 2006, the editorial team has been seeking to be more open to the French-speaking world, including North America, in order to improve the exchange of knowledge and to enhance the scientific value of the journal.

Link to Lavoisier-publishing house.

In the journal «Der Schmerz» and «Schmerz und Schmerzmanagement» information from the President is regularly published under the topic «President’s Corner».

 

2019

Report on the SGSS Pain Course 2019
Download as PDF

«Der Schmerz» President’s Corner, April 2019
Download as PDF

«Der Schmerz» President’s Corner, February 2019
Download as PDF

2018

«Der Schmerz» President’s Corner, October 2018
Download as PDF

«Der Schmerz» President’s Corner, August 2018
Download as PDF

2017

«Der Schmerz» President’s Corner, December 2017
Download as PDF

«Der Schmerz» President’s Corner, October 2017
Download as PDF

«Der Schmerz» President’s Corner, August 2017
Download as PDF

«Der Schmerz» President’s Corner, June 2017
Download as PDF

2016

«Der Schmerz» President’s Corner, August 2016
Download as PDF

«Der Schmerz» President’s Corner, January 2016
Download as PDF

2015

«Der Schmerz» President’s Corner, August 2015
Download as PDF (SPS (pain course 2015)
Download as PDF (Annual report of the president)

«Der Schmerz» President’s Corner, Januar y2015
Download as PDF

2014

«Der Schmerz» President’s Corner, October 2014
Download as PDF

«Der Schmerz» President’s Corner, August 2014
Download as PDF

«Der Schmerz» President’s Corner, June 2014
Download as PDF

«Der Schmerz» President’s Corner, February 2014
Download as PDF

2013

«Der Schmerz» President’s Corner, December 2013
Download as PDF

«Der Schmerz» President’s Corner, October 2013
Download as PDF

«Der Schmerz» President’s Corner, August 2013
Download as PDF

«Der Schmerz» President’s Corner, February 2013
Download as PDF

2012

«Der Schmerz» President’s Corner, October 2012
Download as PDF

«Der Schmerz» President’s Corner, July 2012
Download as PDF

«Der Schmerz» President’s Corner, February 2012
Download as PDF

2011

“«Der Schmerz» President’s Corner, October 2011
Download as PDF

«Der Schmerz» President’s Corner, August 2011
Download as PDF

«Der Schmerz» President’s corner, June 2011
Download as PDF

«Der Schmerz» President’s Corner, February 2011
Download as PDF

2010

«Der Schmerz» President’s Corner, September 2010
Download as PDF

«Der Schmerz» President’s Corner, July 2010
Download as PDF

«Der Schmerz» President’s Corner, May 2010
Download as PDF

2009

«Der Schmerz» President’s Corner, December 2009
Download as PDF

«Der Schmerz» President’s Corner, September 2009
Download as PDF

«Der Schmerz» President’s Corner, June 2009
Download as PDF

2008

«Der Schmerz» President’s corner, December 2008
Download as PDF

«Der Schmerz» President’s corner, August 2008
Download as PDF

«Der Schmerz» President’s corner, June 2008
Download as PDF

«Der Schmerz» President’s corner, January 2008
Download as PDF

2007

«Der Schmerz» President’s corner, September 2007
Download as PDF

«Der Schmerz» President’s corner, June 2007
Download as PDF

«Der Schmerz» President’s corner, February 2007
Download as PDF

2006

«Der Schmerz» President’s corner, December 2006
Download as PDF

The NRS Numerical Rating Scale is standard in pain assessment and also easy to use for documentation:

Numerical series from 0 to 10, 0 means no pain, 10 means worst pain imaginable. You can ask for the average, lowest, strongest, instantaneous pain.

 

For patients who have difficulty with the numbers, the VRS Verbal Rating Scale is a good choice:

no pain / little / moderate / strong / strongest pain imaginable

 

For patients with limited cognition or communication, ECPA can be used very well:

ECPA-questionnaire as PDF for download