Chronic pain impacts more than just the body. We know that for people living with pain, raising concerns about wider aspects of health in appointments with their health-care professional is not always easy and their concerns and worries do not always feel relevant. Doctors can also find it difficult to introduce wider issues around pain during routine appointments. Our research shows how exploring wider aspects of pain can benefit people’s ability to self-manage their pain.
Material for healthcare professionals to make consultations more holistic and encourage self-management is already widely used (for example Realistic Medicine, Year of Care and House of Care) and Pain Concern has now developed a paper-based tool for patients to prepare themselves to bring up their concerns and worries in appointments. Designed to help patients navigate their concerns and bring the most important questions up in primary care appointments, the Navigator Tool was trialled 2017-2018 with healthcare professionals and their chronic pain patients.
To find out more visit the main Navigator Tool page for more details and to watch the video series about the tool.