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Airing Pain 26: Transforming Pain Services: Joining up pain management and involving the patient

The health pro­fes­sion­als work­ing to improve pain man­age­ment, and the impor­tance of get­ting patients more involved.

This pro­gramme was fund­ed by Pain Concern’s sup­port­ers and friends.

The rela­tion­ship between doc­tor and patient is cru­cial in man­ag­ing pain. In this pro­gramme we look at how the British Pain Society’s new­ly launched Pain Patient Path­ways Project should improve the way health pro­fes­sion­als man­age chron­ic pain con­di­tions. We’ll hear from a patient about her var­ied expe­ri­ences with health pro­fes­sion­als and from doc­tors involved with treat­ing pain about the impor­tance of patients get­ting involved in the treat­ment of their own condition.

Issues cov­ered in this pro­gramme include: Patient involve­ment, patient expe­ri­ence, patient voice, edu­cat­ing health pro­fes­sion­als, back pain, depres­sion, com­mu­ni­cat­ing pain, break­down of com­mu­ni­ca­tion, patient liai­son com­mit­tee, GPs, mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary, assess­ment process, tai­lored treat­ment, sup­port group and volunteering.


  • Dou­glas Small­wood, British Pain Society
  • Dr Mark Ritchie, GP, Swansea
  • Kevin Ged­des, Direc­tor of Self Man­age­ment with the Long Term Con­di­tions Alliance in Scotland
  • Dr Mar­tin John­son, Roy­al Col­lege of Gen­er­al Prac­tion­ers’ UK Cham­pi­on in chron­ic pain; on the exec­u­tive com­mit­tee for the Pain Patient Pathways
  • Jean Smith, patient.


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