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What is persistent pain and self-care?

What is pain?

Watch the video below to find out about pain, persistent pain and why self-care is important.

Self-care strategies for pain

I am the driver of pain management… think of our life as a bus journey now my pain sits in the back of the bus of life that I now drive … Pain used to drive that bus.

Quote from a Q-PROMPPT participant about their thoughts on self-care

Supporting patients to self-care (or self-management) for persistent pain is often a better way forwards than pursuing medical treatments such as pain medicines and injections. We use the term self-care because patients have told us they prefer this term to self-management.

The following presentation will provide you with some background on self-care strategies that are useful for people living with pain.

Now listen to Louise’s story of living with pain whilst taking regular opioid medicines and then her shift to self-care strategies such as getting active has helped her to live with pain.

Useful links (add hyperlinks to relevant resources)

  • Listening out for patient self-care strategies (what patients find helpful)
  • How to set effective goals with patients