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Airing Pain 77: Realising the Painful Truth

Putting patients first, and teenage life with pain

This edi­tion is fund­ed by a grant from the Pain Alliance of North­ern Ireland.

How can health­care sys­tems adapt to meet the needs of peo­ple in pain? Air­ing Pain returns to North­ern Ire­land to find out how the find­ings of the Painful Truth report into chron­ic pain will be put into practice.

The Painful Truth had a big impact on deci­sion mak­ers – chron­ic pain is now recog­nised as a con­di­tion in its own right, health­care pro­fes­sion­als receive pain edu­ca­tion and peo­ple in pain have a big­ger voice in devel­op­ing their ser­vices – but with resources tight and pres­sure on ser­vices, putting the report’s rec­om­men­da­tions into prac­tice won’t be easy.

We hear some of the sto­ries behind the sta­tis­tics. Zahra and Aimee, teenagers liv­ing with pain, talk about how they cope with the ‘invis­i­ble’ ill­ness of pain and ris­ing above the chal­lenges they face in their social lives and school work. Mar­garet Pea­cock and Car­rie describe their dif­fi­cul­ties in get­ting help from the med­ical profession.

Issues cov­ered in this pro­gramme include: Pain as a con­di­tion in its own right, pol­i­cy, rais­ing aware­ness, fibromyal­gia, GP, soci­ety, mis­con­cep­tions, fund­ing of health ser­vices, patient voice, patient expe­ri­ence, wait­ing time, arthri­tis, iso­la­tion, befriend­ing, vol­un­teer­ing, ten­donitis and young people.


  • Pamela Bell, Chair of the Pain Alliance of North­ern Ireland
  • Pro­fes­sor Mau­reen Edmond­son, Chair of the Patient and Client Coun­cil in North­ern Ireland
  • Louise Skel­ly, Head of Oper­a­tions at the Patient and Client Coun­cil in North­ern Ireland
  • Car­rie
  • Meave McLaugh­lin, Mem­ber of the Leg­isla­tive Assem­bly of the North­ern Ire­land Health Committee
  • Mar­garet Pea­cock, Chair of Fibromyal­gia Sup­port North­ern Ireland
  • Dr Anne Kil­gallen, Deputy Chief Med­ical Offi­cer, DHSSPS, North­ern Ireland
  • Tri­cia Bow­ers, Train­ing Man­ag­er, Arthri­tis Care North­ern Ireland
  • Zahra Baz
  • Aimee Gal­lagher
  • Jil­lian
  • Chris­tine McMas­ter, Pain Forum North­ern Ireland.


I adore it when peo­ple come togeth­er and share
opin­ions, great site, keep it up.

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