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Petition on pain: ask about it and measure it

A new online peti­tion is call­ing for the UK health author­i­ties to improve the way they treat peo­ple in pain.

The peti­tion, launched by Jean Gaf­fin, Pain UK’s Pain Cham­pi­on for 2013, is intend­ed to build a groundswell of sup­port to pres­sure the UK Depart­ment of Health and the organ­i­sa­tions respon­si­ble for set­ting stan­dards of care to ensure that health and social care pro­fes­sion­als help peo­ple liv­ing with pain by ask­ing about their pain, mea­sur­ing it, record­ing it, treat­ing it and man­ag­ing it at every opportunity.

As the peti­tion points out: if ask­ing about pain was as rou­tine as tak­ing a tem­per­a­ture or blood pres­sure, peo­ple liv­ing with chron­ic pain could be helped rou­tine­ly and reg­u­lar­ly to man­age their pain and have it treat­ed effectively.

Please join us in sup­port­ing this impor­tant cause by sign­ing the peti­tion and pass­ing on the word. It can be accessed here: