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The British Pain Society aims to produce contemporary guidance, supported by available evidence, on clinical and other pain matters. Most British Pain Society guidelines have an accompanying information for patient leaflet. Documents are updated three yearly to incorporate relevant new information.

The following British Pain Society information for patient leaflets are available to download in PDF format. If you would like hard copies of any of the publications, please complete and return a copy of the Publications order form.

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Click on the publication name below to see the publication's details and access download links:

Participant Infomation for Pain Management Programmes go to publication details icon
Use of medicines outside of their UK marketing authorisation in pain management and palliative medicine - information for patients (2012)
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Managing cancer pain - Information for patients (2010) go to publication details icon
Managing your pain effectively using "Over the Counter" (OTC) Medicines (2010) go to publication details icon
Understanding and managing pain (2010) go to publication details icon
Opiods for persistent pain: information for patients (2010)
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Spinal cord stimulation for pain: information for patients (2009) go to publication details icon
Help the Aged - Pain in Older People: Reflections and Experiences from an older person's perspective (2008) go to publication details icon
Intrathecal drug delivery systems for treating pain and spasticity: information for patients (2008) (under review) go to publication details icon
Pain and problem drug use: information for patients (2007) (under review) go to publication details icon

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Participant Information for Pain Management Programmes (2013)

This document aims to provide updated guidance on what a pain management programme (PMP) is, its position within care plans for people with persistent (non-cancer) pain and desirable content.

The document can be downloaded free of charge by clicking the image below.

pmp 2013 participant booklet cover

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Use of medicines outside of their UK marketing authorisation in pain management and palliative medicine - information for patients (2012)

This document is an information booklet prepared on behalf of the Association for Palliative Medicine and the British Pain Society. This leaflet will help patients understand some important aspects of medicine licensing regulations and how these issues may affect them. This leaflet has been revised and rewritten with the support of the Plain English Campaign who have awarded it their Crystal Mark.

The document can be downloaded free of charge by clicking the image below.

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Managing cancer pain - information for patients (2010)
A perspective from the British Pain Society, supported by the Association for Palliative Medicine and the Royal College of General Practitioners.

You can download a copy of the 2010 document, free of charge, by clicking the image below.

April 2014 update: The joint BPS/APM Cancer Pain Working Party chairs have considered the review of this existing document and find the information to still be valid. The publication will next be reviewed in late 2014

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Managing your pain effectively using "Over the Counter" (OTC) Medicines (2010)

You can download a copy of the 2010 document, free of charge, by clicking the image below.

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Understanding and Managing Pain (2010)

This booklet has been produced to help patients understand and manage their pain. Whether the pain is recent or long-term, severe or less severe, this booklet explores how to get the best out of the patient and healthcare professional partnership. It looks at what pain is, what can be done about it and who can help.

Hard copies of this document are available to purchase from the Secretariat or can be downloaded free of charge by clicking the image below. Healthcare professionals can order a maximum of 50 copies for distribution to patients at their organisations.

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Opioids for persistent pain: information for patients (2010)

This leaflet has been produced in conjunction with the publication 'Opioids for persistent pain: Good practice'.

Hard copies of this document are available to purchase from the Secretariat or can be downloaded free of charge from the website here.

 

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Spinal Cord Stimulation for pain: information for patients (2009)

This leaflet has been produced in conjuncton with the publication Spinal cord stimulation for the management of pain. The leaflet tells the patient about spinal cord stimulation and provides some information that may support the patient in decision making regarding the treatment.

Hard copies of this document are available to purchase from the Secretariat or can be downloaded free of charge by clicking the image below.

February 2014 Update: The Chair of the publication working group has considered the review of this publication and as no new evidence is currently available the guidelines still stand. The publication will next be reviewed in late 2014.

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Help the Aged - Pain in Older People: Reflections and Experiences from an older person's persepctive (2008)

You can download a copy of the 2008 document, free of charge, by clicking the image below.

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Intrathecal drug delivery systems for treating pain and spasticity: information for patients (2008)

**PLEASE NOTE THIS GUIDELINE IS CURRENTLY UNDER REVIEW.

These guidelines were launched at the joint ASM of the Benelux Neuromodulation Society & The Neuromodulation Society of UK & Ireland on Saturday 8th November.

You can download a copy of the 2008 document, free of charge, by clicking the image below.

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Pain and problem drug use: information for patients (2007)

**PLEASE NOTE THIS GUIDELINE IS CURRENTLY UNDER REVIEW.

This leaflet can help patients understand their problem and helps patients work with their healthcare team to decide the most effective and safe treatments.  It includes information about opioid medicines for pain relief, what healthcare teams need to know about the patient and why, assessing treatment and what a patient can expect from healthcare teams.  Following a year-long consultation process, the final guidelines were launched at the Society's Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) in Glasgow on Thursday 26 April.

The leaflet has been awarded the Plain English Campaign's Crystal Mark.

Hard copies of this document are available to purchase from the Secretariat or can be downloaded free of charge by clicking the image below.

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