Improve the availability of support, education and training in understanding people living with chronic pain
Teach how to better engage these patients in their treatment plan.
It is important for those who treat a person with pain to have the means to guide patients through the components of self-management training techniques that enable individuals to improve their quality of life, increase their ability to function and a reduced sense of suffering.
It is critical that persons with pain become part of the treatment team as active participants, not a passive patient.
We aim to empower providers with tools that allow them to develop or improve an open relationship with patients. Patients benefit most from communication on a level that ensures both a level of understanding and willingness to work as a team. This approach empowers the person with pain to take an active role in his or her treatment.
We will explore a variety of graphical tools, many interactive, to track behaviors and symptoms over a long period of time, providing information that will afford a snapshot of how the person with pain has been doing since their last visit. The presentation will explore how to use the communication tools to ensure a team approach to pain care with the patient at the center.
As a result of completing this course, learners will be able/ better able to:
Understand, from the patient’s perspective, the impact that pain has upon their life, their family, health care professionals and the public.
Use graphical communication tools to bridge the gap between the person with pain and the health care provider so that they can communicate in a way that will convey useful information in a reasonable amount of time.
Help patients to understand available self-management tools.
Help a person with pain apply self-management tools to their daily life to live a fuller, richer life despite pain.
Founder & CEO,
American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA)
Credits: None available.
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