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Airing Pain 28: Self-Management: Pacing and communication

Learn­ing to man­age pain with Arthri­tis Care’s self-man­age­ment programme

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

In the pre­vi­ous edi­tion of Air­ing Pain we fea­tured the work of the char­i­ty, Arthri­tis Care, and, fol­low­ing up from that pro­gramme, Paul Evans looks into their self-man­age­ment pro­gramme, the Chal­leng­ing Pain Work­shop, which is avail­able to peo­ple with any kind of chron­ic pain, not just arthri­tis. We lis­ten in to the course’s vol­un­teer tutors and par­tic­i­pants as they dis­cuss learn­ing to pace activ­i­ties and improv­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills. We also hear from Rachel Gondwe about how vol­un­teers gain from shar­ing their expe­ri­ences of pain and about a tri­al run by Arthri­tis Care in part­ner­ship with a health author­i­ty to mea­sure the effec­tive­ness of self-man­age­ment programmes.

Issues cov­ered in this pro­gramme include: Pac­ing, com­mu­ni­cat­ing pain, arthri­tis, vol­un­teer­ing, work­shop, con­fi­dence, co-mor­bidi­ties, fatigue, breath­ing exer­cis­es, peer sup­port, phys­io­ther­a­py, pain toolk­it, weight loss, rela­tion­ships, fam­i­ly and patient voice.


  • Jill Davies and Her­bie Roley, Chal­leng­ing Pain Work­shop leaders
  • Rachel Gondwe, Train­ing Ser­vices coor­di­na­tor with Arthri­tis Care
  • Kirs­tine Mac­Dowall, vol­un­teer tutor at Arthri­tis Care
  • Toyin Onasanya, Arthri­tis Care’s South Eng­land train­ing administrator.


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