I would really like to see Self-Management Programs given prominent mention on the site. I am a trained Stanford Leader and I am also qualified in the Flinders Program. For anyone who is not familiar with the Flinders Program, it is a generic one on one (health professional and patient) program that uses problems and goals, motivational interviewing and goal setting to provide consumers with both good self management skills as well as a collaborative relationship with their health care professionals.
I would not be where I am today if I hadn't stumbled upon the Stanford Program that is conducted by Arthritis South Australia. I attended a course in 2007 and from there I have completed a post graduate certificate in chronic condition management and I am almost finished the diploma in chronic condition management.
I think that these programs are of great benefit to some people with chronic pain. They can help to give a person back their sense of identity as well as showing them that it is possible to have a 'normal' life despite being in constant pain or other discomfort.
Not every day is a good day, but there is good in every day.
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good suggestion. There are a number of good self management programs and the Stanford model has helped many people. We are keen to promote anything that helps people in pain. Would you like to write an article for this site to let people know how they can access this training? We are happy to include. Just write to webmaster with any info and we will put up on the site.
I couldn't agree with you more about the self-management pain clinics. This has been a personal bugbare of mine.
I live in country WA and attended the Fremantle Hospital Pain Clinic on two occasions.
This clinic is world best practice and achieves great success, but it falls down as soon as the consumer (patient) leaves the pain clinic and returns to their community.
I came home to my own town and basically fell of the ends of the earth. It is always a struggle to deal with chronic pain without any support network or any professional help.
Community based and run "Self-Management Groups" are the only way to go and I would really like to see this form of support up and running before I die of old age. It ain't rocket science and it will work!
I wish the ring (this Chronic Pain) had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened. (Frodo Baggins)
So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide, is what to do with the time that is given to us. (Gandalf the Grey)