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Airing Pain 58: The Pain Toolkit

Learn­ing to live with it: a toolk­it for self-management

This edi­tion has been fund­ed by a grant from the Scot­tish Government.

‘You have to learn to live with it.’ Pete Moore’s GP told him after run­ning out of treat­ment options for chron­ic pain. From his own expe­ri­ences of learn­ing how to live with pain, Pete Moore devel­oped the Pain Toolk­it (first a leaflet and now a mul­ti­me­dia web resource) to help kick-start oth­er people’s efforts in self-management.

Pro­duc­er Paul Evans caught up with Pete at the British Pain Society’s Man­ches­ter meet­ing for an in-depth intro­duc­tion to the Pain Toolk­it. Rather than rely­ing on an exclu­sive­ly med­ical mod­el of end­less pre­scrip­tions, the Toolk­it rep­re­sents an edu­ca­tion­al approach giv­ing peo­ple strate­gies for self-man­age­ment. It’s an approach that goes beyond just treat­ing the pain and looks at mood, sleep, exer­cise and relationships.

Pete describes how the Pain Toolk­it uses images and humour to make self-man­age­ment mes­sages – gath­er­ing a sup­port­ive team of health­care pro­fes­sion­als, pac­ing and relax­ation – hit home and the ways in which tech­nol­o­gy can help get the mes­sage out there.

Issues cov­ered in this pro­gramme include: Web resource, alter­na­tive ther­a­pies, pac­ing, relax­ation ther­a­py, edu­cat­ing health pro­fes­sion­als, GP, social media, depres­sion, fam­i­ly, rela­tion­ships, work, pain toolk­it, stretch­ing, exer­cise, gar­den­ing and workshops.


  • Pete Moore, Cre­ator of the Pain Toolkit.

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