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Airing Pain 34: Ankylosing Spondylitis; The Patient Perspective

Liv­ing with anky­los­ing spondyli­tis and pso­ri­a­sis; plus, lis­ten­ing to the patient per­spec­tive and edu­cat­ing health professionals

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

In this pro­gramme we look at anky­los­ing spondyli­tis (AS), a form of arthri­tis affect­ing the spine. Paul Evans speaks to Iain Mac­Don­ald and Tom Down­ie of the Edin­burgh branch of the Nation­al Anky­los­ing Spondyli­tis Soci­ety, about their role in sup­port­ing peo­ple with the con­di­tion. Paul also talks to Jan­ice John­son of PSALV (Pso­ri­a­sis Scot­land Arthri­tis Link Vol­un­teers) about psoriasis.

We also inter­view speak­ers from the Annu­al Sci­en­tif­ic Meet­ing of the British Pain Soci­ety. Pain Concern’s Sue Clay­ton gives a patient per­spec­tive to health­care pro­fes­sion­als, while Emma Brig­gs of the British Pain Society’s Pain Edu­ca­tion Spe­cial Inter­est Group explains the impor­tance of improv­ing the pain edu­ca­tion of health­care professionals.

Issues cov­ered in this pro­gramme include: Anky­los­ing spondyli­tis, patient voice, edu­cat­ing health pro­fes­sion­als, edu­ca­tion, inflam­ma­to­ry arthri­tis, joint pain, young peo­ple, school, pol­i­cy, hydrother­a­py, exer­cise, hered­i­tary, phys­io­ther­a­py, stretch­ing, trig­gers, mis­in­for­ma­tion, der­ma­tol­ogy and psoriasis.


  • Iain Mac­Don­ald and Tom Down­ie, Edin­burgh branch of the Nation­al Anky­los­ing Spondyli­tis Society
  • Jan­ice John­son, PSALV (Pso­ri­a­sis Scot­land Arthri­tis Link Volunteers)
  • Sue Clay­ton, Pain Concern
  • Emma Brig­gs, Lec­tur­er at the Flo­rence Nightin­gale School of Nurs­ing and Mid­wifery, Kings Col­lege Lon­don and Chair of the British Pain Society’s Pain Edu­ca­tion Spe­cial Inter­est Group.


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