Pain (chronic) for healthcare providers

Key points about chronic pain

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A review by researchers from the University of Otago, School of Physiotherapy, Wellington and the Capital & Coast DHB’s Pain Management Service has found that patients can self-manage their chronic pain better if they feel listened to and acknowledged by clinicians, while feeling disbelieved can hinder them.

The review, published in a recent issue of Physical Therapy, analysed 33 studies involving more than 500 people with chronic pain who had taken part in some form of self-pain management to see what helped or didn’t help them deal with their pain.

The attitudes of clinicians – as well as family friends and work colleagues – was one area found by the researchers to be influential. The review found a number of factors that helped people successfully engage with self-management approaches, including having health practitioners who “listened, validated the person and acknowledged what they’re going through”.

Source: Devan H, Hale L, Hempel D, Saipe B, Perry MA. What works and does not work in a self-management intervention for people with chronic pain? Qualitative systematic review and meta-synthesis(external link) Physical Therapy 2018 May 1;98 (5):381–397.

A full day workshop on managing chronic non-malignant pain was held by PHARMAC in 2018. A range of topics was covered as shown below.

1. Chronic pain – epidemiology and definitions (17 minutes)

(PHARMAC Seminars, NZ, 2018)

2a. Value of pain education – part 1 (33 minutes)

(PHARMAC Seminars, NZ, 2018)

2b. Value of pain education – part 2 (25 minutes)

(PHARMAC Seminars, NZ, 2018)

View more at PHARMAC seminars(external link) NZ, 2018

Neuroscience – the brain and pain 

Dr Diana North, Goodfellow GP Advisor talks with Dr Gwyn Lewis, Neuroscientist about the neuroscience behind pain to enable GPs, nurses and pharmacists to understand and educate patients about pain.

(Goodfellow MedTalks, NZ, 2017)

Chronic pain and conservative pain management

Andrew Imrie – Physiotherapist on chronic pain

(Healthify, NZ, 2017)

Chronic pain management 

Bronwyn has worked in the field of pain management for 19 years. Her roles have ranged from occupational therapy, pain psychology, vocational management, and policy development. She has also held positions in safe handling.

(Mobile Health, NZ, 2020)

Management of persistent pain

Dr Matire Harwood from the University of Auckland discusses how common pain relief medication is not very effective for treating persistent pain, and covers non-medicine management pathways.

(Goodfellow Unit, NZ, 2020)

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