Your practice will be sent a letter inviting them to arrange an appointment for a PROMPPT pain management review with you. The letter will be personalised to the patient, you and your practice. Your practice will also send the patient a form that we have called the Pain Concerns Form with their invitation letter.
Please open the document below to get familiar with the letter that your patients will receive inviting them to make an appointment with you.
The Pain Concerns form
The PROMPPT Pain Concerns Form was derived from the Pain Concern’s Pain Navigator (Bloomkvist and Bell, 2019) which aims to facilitate better conversations during pain management consultations in primary care. The PROMPPT research team designed the form that you will use with patients in conjunction with patients and other stakeholders, to help focus the consultation on the things that are most important to the patient.
The Pain Concerns Form comprises a list of statements that represent concerns about pain, the impact of pain on everyday life, and pain medicines that are commonly reported by patients with persistent pain. Patients are asked to complete the form by ticking those statements they agree with and then writing any additional concerns they have in a free text box.
Using the Pain Concerns Form
Patients are requested to complete the form and have it with them for their appointment. The Pain Concerns Form can be used at various stages in the consultation and in the next course we’ll discuss this in more detail.
The Pain Concerns Form comprises a list of statements in four sections (see bullet points below) that represent concerns about pain, the impact of pain on everyday life and pain medicines that are commonly reported by patients with persistent pain.
- The first section “About my pain” covers some of the concerns patients about their pain diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of their condition.
- The changes to the patient’s life and the way they are feeling are covered in the second section “Because of my pain…”
- Treatment concerns and specifically about medicines are covered in the penultimate section “Regarding the medicines I take for my pain”.
- In the final section of the form, there is a free-text box for additional concerns related to their pain or the management of their condition.
To get familiar with the form that your patients will receive and be asked to complete, please click on the link below.
Bloomkvist R, Bell P. The Navigator Tool intervention: a pilot intervention of a novel tool to enhance communication in consultations about chronic pain in primary care. Pain Concern: Edinburgh. 2018 http://painconcern.org.uk/navigator-tool/ (accessed 11 December 2019)