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Professional publications

As well as Pain News and the British Journal of Pain, the British Pain Society aims to produce contemporary guidance, supported by available evidence, on clinical and other pain matters. Documents are updated three yearly to incorporate relevant new information.

The following British Pain Society publications 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. You can also email your order to publications@britishpainsociety.org.

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

Standards of good practice for medialbranch block injections and radiofrequency denervation for low back pain (2014) go to publication details icon
Guidelines for Pain Management Programmes for adults (2013) go to publication details icon
Guidance on the Management of Pain in Older People (Age and Ageing 2013) go to publication details icon
Use of medicines outside of their UK marketing authorisation in pain management and palliative medicine (2012) go to publication details icon
Best practice in the management of epidural analgesia in the hospital setting (2010) go to publication details icon
Opioids for persistent pain: Good practice - shortened version (2010) go to publication details icon
Opioids for persistent pain: Good practice (2010) go to publication details icon
Cancer Pain Management (2010) go to publication details icon
The recognition and assessment of acute pain in Children (2009) go to publication details icon
Spinal cord stimulation for the management of pain: recommendations for best practice (2009) go to publication details icon
Pain Mechanisms DVD (available as hard copy only) (2008) go to publication details icon
Guidelines for Competencies of PwSI (2008) go to publication details icon
Help the Aged - Pain in Older People: Reflections and Experiences from an older person's persepctive (2008) go to publication details icon
Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists: Good Practice in Postoperative and Procedural Pain (2008) go to publication details icon
Intrathecal drug delivery for the management of pain and spasticity in adults; recommendations for best clinical practice (2008) go to publication details icon
The assessment of pain in older people: National Guidelines (2007) go to publication details icon
Pain and substance misuse: improving the patient experience (2007) go to publication details icon
Recommendations on the use of epidural injections for the treatment of back pain and leg pain of spinal origin (2002) go to publication details icon
Recommendations for nursing practice in pain management (2002) go to publication details icon
Provision of Pain Services (1997) go to publication details icon
Anaesthetists and non-acute pain management (1993) go to publication details icon

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Standards of good practice for medialbranch block injections and radiofrequency denervation for low back pain (2014)

This is a joint British Pain Society and Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Royal College of Anaesthetists publication.

mediabranch block booklet

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Guidance for Pain Management Programmes for adults (2013)

An evidence-based review prepared on behalf of the British Pain Society.

Copies can be downloaded free of charge by clicking the image below. This publication includes the information pamphlet Participant Information for Pain Management Programmes. Please go to the patient pages in this publications section to view a copy).

pmp 2013 booklet cover

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Guidance on the Management of Pain in Older People (Age and Ageing Supplement) (2013)

Management of Pain in Older People, is an evidence-based clinical guideline published jointly by the British Pain Society and the British Geriatrics Society.

To view a copy, please visit: http://ageing.oxfordjournals.org/content/42/suppl_1.toc

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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 summarises the views of the Association for Palliative Medicine (APM) and the British Pain Society in relation to the use of drugs outside of their UK marketing authorisation beyond their product licence in clinical practice. The publication has recently been reviewed in accordance with the Society’s publication review policy.

Hard copies can be downloaded free of charge by clicking the image below. This publication includes the information pamphlet Use of medicines outside of their UK marketing authorisation in pain management and palliative medicine - information for patients. Please go to the patient pages in this publications section, or click here to view a copy).

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Best practice in the management of epidural analgesia in the hospital setting (2010)

These recommendations have been prepared by a working party led by the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the RCoA with representation from The Royal College of Anaesthetists, the Royal College of Nursing, the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland, the British Pain Society the European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy and the Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland.

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

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Opioids for persistent pain: Good Practice (2010)
Summary of guidance on good practice from the British Pain Society

February 2014 Update: The review and update of this publication will be encompassed in a new publication addressing all aspects of opioid use and misuse. In the interim the current content of Opioids for Persistent Pain has been reviewed and remains accurate.

For ease of reference, a summary version of the full Opioids for persistent pain: Good Practice is now available. Copies can be downloaded free here:

Full guidance for prescribers and patients is available at http://www.britishpainsociety.org/book_opioid_main.pdf and http://www.britishpainsociety.org/book_opioid_patient.pdf

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Opioids for persistent pain: Good practice (2010)

February 2014 Update:The review and update of this publication will be encompassed in a new publication addressing all aspects of opioid use and misuse. In the interim the current content of Opioids for Persistent Pain has been reviewed and remains accurate.

A consensus statement prepared on behalf of the British Pain Society, the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Faculty of Addictions, Royal College of Psychiatrists

Hard copies of this document are available to purchase on request from the Secretariat or can be downloaded free of charge by clicking the image below. This publication includes the information pamphlet Opioids for persistent pain - information for patients (available on our patient pages in this publications section).

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Cancer Pain Management (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. You can also purchase a CD of both the Professional and Patient versions of the Cancer Pain Management publications. Please see attached publication order form.

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

Cancer Pain Complete publication
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Pathophysiology of cancer pain and opioid tolerance
Chapter 3 Cancer pain assessment
Chapter 4 Oncological management of cancer pain
Chapter 5 Modern pharmacological management of cancer pain
Chapter 6 Psychological aspects and approaches to pain management in cancer survivors
Chapter 7 Physical therapies for cancer pain
Chapter 8 Invasive procedures for cancer pain
Chapter 9 Complementary therapies for cancer pain
Chapter 10 Cancer pain management in the community
Chapter 11 Pain related to cancer treatments
Chapter 12 Management of acute pain in cancer patients
Chapter 13 Complex problems in cancer pain
Chapter 14 Cancer pain recommendations for service design and training

 

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The recognition and assessment of acute pain in Children (2009)
A publication by the Royal College of Nursing, endorsed by the British Pain Society can be downloaded, free of charge, from the Royal College of Nursing website at: http://www.rcn.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/269185/003542.pdf

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Spinal cord stimulation for the management of pain (2009)

This consensus document, produced in conjunction with the Society of British Neurological Surgeons, clarifies the rationale for the use of spinal cord stimulation for pain, gives guidance regarding patient selection, and makes recommendations regarding the context in which therapy should be delivered.

Hard copies of this document are available to purchase on request from the Secretariat or can be downloaded free of charge by clicking the image below. This publication includes the information pamphlet Spinal cord stimulation for pain - Information for patients (please go to the patient pages in this publications section, or click here to view a copy).

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 Spring 2015.

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Pain Mechanisms DVD - Prepared by the British Pain Society as an educational tool for practitioners in primary care. (2008)

Available on CD (at £6.60 each) from the Secretariat ' An introduction to the neurophysiology of pain, peripheral and central mechanisms by Professor Anthony Dickenson. Introduced by Dr Joan Hester.'

Please see attached publication order form.

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Guidelines for Competencies of PwSI (2008)

These guidelines were launched, with cardiology, respiratory, older person, diabetes at a Department of Health meeting on Wednesday 17th September 2008.

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

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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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Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists: Good Practice in Postoperative and Procedural Pain 2nd Edition (2012)

You can download a copy of the 2012 document, free of charge, by following this link:
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/pan.2012.22.issue-s1/issuetoc

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Intrathecal drug delivery for the management of pain and spasticity in adults; recommendations for best clinical practice (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.

The Working Party would like to thank all those who contributed to the consultation process. The Working Party has considered all suggestions and comments and has amended the guidelines accordingly.


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The assessment of pain in older people: National Guidelines (2007)

**PLEASE NOTE THIS GUIDELINE IS CURRENTLY UNDER REVIEW.

A joint publication produced by the Royal College of Physicians, the British Geriatrics Society and the BPS.

The BPS has a limited stock of hard copies of this summary document which is available on request from the Secretariat or can be downloaded free of charge by clicking the image below.

A copy of the full report can be found on the British Geriatrics Society website by clicking here.

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Pain and substance misuse: improving the patient experience (2007)

**PLEASE NOTE THIS GUIDELINE IS CURRENTLY UNDER REVIEW.

Hard copies of this document are available to purchase on request from the Secretariat or can be downloaded free of charge by clicking the image below. This publication includes the information pamphlet Pain and problem drug use - information for patients (please go to the patient pages in the publication section, or click here to view a copy).


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Recommendations for good practice in the use of epidural injection for the management of pain of spinal origin in adults (2011)

Produced by a joint working party of the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the British Pain Soceity, this document is concerned with the competencies of doctors who perform epidural injections for the treatment of pain of spinal origin and with the clinical environment in which such injections are performed.

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

icon of the rcoa epidural booklet

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Recommendations for nursing practice in pain management (2002)

Recommendations for nursing practice in pain management (2002) was produced by the ‘Nursing focus in pain management working party’of the former Pain Society chaired by Jane Latham. This document was created to provide support to nurses who were either working or aiming to work in the field of pain management and was framed on the United Kingdom Central Council (UKCC) higher level practice project.

The white paper Trust, assurance and safety: the regulation of health professionals was published in Feburary 2007. The white paper sets our a programme of reform to the United Kingdom’s system, for the regulation of health professionals. Over the summer of 2007 it became more clear that the development of the ANP part of the nursing register will be delayed by the implementation of the new regulatory framework.

The working party has therefore suggested to Council that it would not be appropriate to proceed with the revision of the recommendations until the progress and framework of the ANP project becomes clearer. The working party also suggested that the BPS should withdraw the nursing recommendations document from the Society’s website.

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The former Pain Society produced two booklets in conjunction with the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britian and Ireland, ‘Provision of Pain Services’ and ‘The Anaesthetist and Non-acute Pain Management’. We regret that these booklets are no longer available in hard copy from the Society. For information on how to obtain these booklets please contact the Association of Anaesthetists on 020 7631 1650, or write to them at: 21 Portland Place, London W1B 1PY.

Provision of pain services (1997)

This report explores the pain management services in Great Britain and aims to provide information for purchasers and providers. Subjects include: components of service provision; content of an appropriate business plan; financial considerations for such provision; research, audit and education.

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Anaesthetists and non acute pain management (1993)

Reports the findings of a working party, consisting of members from the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britian and Ireland, The Royal College of Anaesthetists and the former Pain Society, looking at the role of anaesthetists in non-acute pain management.

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