Patient empowerment and choice in chronic pain management
Janette Barrie Nurse consultant, Long term conditions, Strathclyde Hospital, NHS Lanarkshire, Motherwell
Service provision and access to pain services vary considerably in the UK, with only a small percentage of people with chronic pain accessing specialist services. Government policy supports giving patients more choice and control over their care. Empowerment involves ensuring patients have the knowledge, skills, attitudes and self-awareness to improve the quality of their lives. As most healthcare professionals provide care to people with chronic pain at some point, it is their responsibility to prepare patients to make informed decisions about their treatment. Empowering patients to self-manage their chronic pain can lead to improved person-centred outcomes.
Nursing Standard. 25, 31, 38-41. doi: 10.7748/ns2011.04.25.31.38.c8432Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer review