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Self-Management Navigator Tool

Chron­ic pain impacts more than just the body. We know that for peo­ple liv­ing with pain, rais­ing con­cerns about wider aspects of health in appoint­ments with their health-care pro­fes­sion­al is not always easy and their con­cerns and wor­ries do not always feel rel­e­vant. Doc­tors can also find it dif­fi­cult to intro­duce wider issues around pain dur­ing rou­tine appoint­ments. Our research (which you can read here) shows how explor­ing wider aspects of pain can ben­e­fit people’s abil­i­ty to self-man­age their pain.

Mate­r­i­al for health­care pro­fes­sion­als to make con­sul­ta­tions more holis­tic and encour­age self-man­age­ment is already wide­ly used (for exam­ple Real­is­tic Med­i­cine, Year of Care and House of Care) and Pain Con­cern has now devel­oped a paper-based tool for patients to pre­pare them­selves to bring up their con­cerns and wor­ries in appoint­ments. Designed to help patients nav­i­gate their con­cerns and bring the most impor­tant ques­tions up in pri­ma­ry care appoint­ments, the Nav­i­ga­tor Tool was tri­alled 2017–2018 with health­care pro­fes­sion­als and their chron­ic pain patients.

  • To down­load the indi­vid­ual forms of the Nav­i­ga­tor Tool at home, click here.
  • Watch our video series on the tool below. Remem­ber you can turn on cap­tions by click­ing ‘cc’ at the bot­tom of the video.
  • You can read the full report here.
Remember, you can turn on subtitles by clicking ‘CC’ at the bottom of any of our Navigator Tool videos!

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The study found that the most useful aspect of the tool was the My pain concerns form, as it identifies areas of living with pain that do not usually come up in routine consultations. We encourage people with pain, and healthcare professionals caring for people with pain, to use the form in appointments.

If you are the person with pain, download My pain concerns form to your tablet, computer or print a paper copy.

HINT: How you feel about the statements may change from day-to-day; choose agree or disagree according to what you feel is right now.

The form Questions to ask your health-care professional has some suggested questions that you might want to ask. You might also have your own questions based on the concerns you have identified.

HINT: My pain concerns form and Questions to ask your health-care professional are colour-coded to make them easier to use together.

If you are a healthcare professional you can give My pain concerns form to patients you think will benefit from talking about these issues. Simply print out the form and instructions at your practice and give them to your patient to prepare for the next appointment.

Navigator video series