Press Release

Lenihan opens Ulysses Multidisciplinary Pain Management Rehabilitation Programme

Today Mr. Brian Lenihan TD., Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, today (1 November 2002) opened the Ulysses Multidisciplinary Pain Management Rehabilitation Programme at the Adelaide and Meath Hospital, incorporating the National ChildrenĀ“s Hospital, Tallaght.

Recent research has shown that the “Quality of Life Index” in people suffering from chronic pain is lower than that of people suffering from a terminal illness. This research highlights the need to develop treatment programmes for chronic pain.

“The Ulysses Programme aims to help people suffering from chronic pain through education, exercise, and by increasing their psychological well being. The end result is to increase the patients quality of life,” said the Minister.

The Programme is not only multidisciplinary in its make up but it also works in partnership with government agencies, which retrain individuals with chronic incapacity for returning to work. One of the most distressing elements for the sufferer of chronic pain is that it is a very isolating experience. Helping patients return to work also helps their recovery by making them feel part of the community again.

“The Programme is an example to us all of how co-operation, dedication and commitment can help facilitate progress,” said the Minister.