Welcome to Live Well with Pain, developed by clinicians, for clinicians to help you support your patients towards better self-management of their long term pain.
Persistent pain is a challenge: for the person with pain, their family or carers, their friends, their employer and certainly their GP and health care practitioners. The medical model of care is considered redundant as pain scientists have shown a biopsychosocial approach is more effective to manage pain. Persistent pain cannot be ‘fixed or cured’ and needs person-centred management to help people live better lives with it.
Clinicians, especially general practitioners, realise the need to change how they work with people with persistent pain. The reliance on medication only with its range of side effects and long term problems just adds to the challenges.
The way forward for clinicians is therefore to know more about persistent pain and ways to engage patients in shifting from a “fix it for me” mindset to “help me make the best of my life.”
To help you do this, Live Well with Pain offers a range of knowledge, skills, tools and resources to use in brief patient contact time.
They are designed to help clinicians enable patients to become clearer about their needs, manage or cope with their pain well and be more effective in their use of health care.
The resources have been tried and tested in ever busier pain and self-management services for the past two decades, and offer:
- a choice of written and audiovisual content, some developed with the input of patients themselves
- short videos demonstrating how clinicians can approach pain management to shift conversations towards a focus on the changeable aspects of pain
Resources for people who are living with pain
Many of the resources are produced for you to share with patients themselves. We have produced a sister site – my.livewellwithpain – which gathers all the patient-focused resources in one place, so your patients can explore them without the distraction of the more technical resources that are presented here in our original clinician-focused site.
If you are a person who is living with pain and would like to access the patient-focused resources, please click here.
How clinicians can help us continue to develop this site
Live Well with Pain emerged from the enthusiasm of clinicians working in primary and community care, who recognised that it is possible to support patient change in pain self management, and that – despite the frustrations – it can be interesting, fun, thought provoking and satisfying!
We are keen for Live Well with Pain to continue being shaped by the clinicians who use it. So we have provided opportunities for you to give feedback on how useful you have found the resources to be. Give us a simple star rating. Or, if you prefer, you can send us written feedback. Both options are available on every resource page.
And please let us know of other approaches and resources you value as a clinician – email us with your ideas, resources, websites etc.
We are always adding new resources, so to hear about these and to keep up to date with the latest clinician news around pain self management, sign up for our newsletter.
And most of all, help us shape this to be the best resource for clinicians to support people with pain so they become confident self managers.
Frances Cole and Emma Davies