Chronic Pain Management Tools

By Sharon Smith
Thursday, 23 July, 2015

NPS MedicineWise has developed resources for patients living with chronic pain to work with their care providers in managing their health, discussing particular concerns and exploring support options.
The organisation says people who are actively engaged in self-management techniques report lower levels of pain-related disability, improvements in mood, better general health and reduced use of health services.
NPS MedicineWise Clinical Adviser Dr Andrew Boyden explains that, “It is important for people with chronic pain to be well informed and supported in ways that allow them to be actively involved in their own management.
“Chronic pain can cause disruption to many aspects of people’s lives. However, an individual’s experience of pain is unique to them and being able to have good and open communication with their healthcare providers and other supporters is an important aspect of pain management.”
Resources that can assist with this important conversation and other aspects of active self-management include:
Chronic pain communication tool
This free online tool has been developed to help Australians with chronic pain identify issues they would like to discuss with their doctor, specialist, psychologist, friends, family or partner.
Users of the chronic pain communication tool can:

  • Create a personal summary (as a printout or PDF) of the issues they would like to talk about

  • Link to chronic pain information, resources and tools relevant to them

  • Use the personalised summary to start a conversation and keep track of progress.

My pain diary
For people living with chronic pain, a pain diary can be used to record how pain is affecting their daily activities and how medicines, other therapies and activities may be influencing their pain.
The downloadable NPS MedicineWise pain diary aims to help people and their healthcare providers to:

  • Understand what makes the pain worse and what helps to relieve pain

  • Track responses to a pain management plan, including changes in medicines or other therapies.

Chronic pain knowledge hub
Through the NPS MedicineWise website, people can find clearly written information covering topics from what chronic pain is and why each person’s experience is unique, to the many different strategies that can help manage pain and improve function.
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