Public contract for the implementation of the Belgian recommendations for the treatment of chronic pain

Project Details


Chronic pain (pain that persists beyond normal expected healing times or for >3 months) affects around 20% of the population. The prevalence of chronic pain is higher than any other chronic disease, including cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Chronic pain has a tremendous personal and socioeconomic impact: it causes the highest number of years lived with disability and is the most expensive cause of work-related disability. Chronic pain also decreases life expectancy, independently of socio-demographic factors. Over the past decades, the scientific understanding of chronic pain has revealed that biopsychosocial factors contribute to the intensity, functional impact and persistence of pain. Factors such as comorbidities, physical fitness, behaviour, psychosocial characteristics and environmental aspects can all influence the pain a person experiences. This improved understanding of chronic pain has shifted management strategies away from pure biomedical treatments, such as lumbar fusion surgery, injections or pharmacotherapy, to multimodal approaches acknowledging the complex biopsychosocial nature of chronic pain. Such multimodal approaches often include patient self-management.
Effective start/end date1/01/211/01/23

Flemish discipline codes

  • Physiotherapy


  • chronic pain