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Breaking Barriers: Self-Management Awareness Week 2015!

New award-win­ning research reveals self-man­age­ment as a key route to improve­ment for peo­ple with chron­ic pain!

Pain Con­cern has just released a new and unique study offer­ing hope to the one-in-five peo­ple affect­ed by and liv­ing with per­sis­tent pain in Scotland.

Launched as part of Self-Man­age­ment Aware­ness Week, (28 September‑2 Octo­ber), the new resources aim to dis­pel the myth that self-man­age­ment of life­long con­di­tions such as per­sis­tent pain is a lone­ly, last resort option.

“We have known for a long time, based on med­ical evi­dence and Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment guide­lines that peo­ple with chron­ic pain cope bet­ter if they can be empow­ered to self-man­age their con­di­tion. It’s not a cure, but in many cas­es it can help pro­vide a bet­ter qual­i­ty of life. The Bar­ri­ers study first set out to iden­ti­fy prob­lems and chal­lenges that can arise for both health­care pro­fes­sion­als and peo­ple with chron­ic pain in a clin­i­cal or com­mu­ni­ty setting.” 

Katy Gor­don (Pain Con­cern Researcher)

The team behind the ‘Bar­ri­ers Project’ – a two-year study which ini­tial­ly iden­ti­fied issues pre­vent­ing peo­ple get­ting the best sup­port from their GP — lat­er devel­oped a series of resources and videos, based on the lat­est rec­om­men­da­tions to guide peo­ple towards the ben­e­fits of self-man­age­ment of chron­ic pain.

The project was fund­ed by the Health and Social Care Alliance and the Edin­burgh and Loth­i­ans Health Foun­da­tion and we are work­ing in asso­ci­a­tion with Alliance Scot­land on a larg­er media cam­paign focus­ing on the Self-Man­age­ment Aware­ness Week 2015.

Self-Man­age­ment Week takes place each year to cel­e­brate the vari­ety of self-man­age­ment projects through­out Scot­land and raise aware­ness about peo­ple liv­ing well with long term con­di­tions. The Self-Man­age­ment Awards cel­e­brate achieve­ment, inno­va­tion and inspi­ra­tion in self-man­age­ment. Click here for more information!

All the videos from the project are free to watch now with­in our Resources section.