Patients will have adapted many of the things they do in some way to reduce the impact of their pain. Some of the strategies will be of some benefit to them, but some will come at a cost. In this lesson, we outline some examples of the strategies that patients take and then outline how you can support patients to pace, get active, and plan for setbacks.

The table below provides a summary of some of the self-care strategies patients may talk about. Have a look at the strategies below and think about the conversations you have had with patients:

  • What steps have your patients taken to adjust to living with their pain?
  • Can you think of examples where the strategies patients have adopted have been helpful and where they have been adopted at a cost?

A useful metaphor is to think in terms of a self-care toolkit. Watch this brief video that will help you to support patients to take on new self-care strategies.