We have placed a large number of links to what we feel are good web-based information from within the individual pages of our site. In addition to this there are a number of general sites where you shoud be able to find reliable and useful information. We will continue to add to this list.
A good indicator of quality in medical websites is certification of conformity with the Health on the Net Foundation's criteria. We have used these as a guide when compiling this website, and have been pleased to be awarded their certification. Look for their certification mark
The British Pain Society (BPS)
This is the National Society of professionals working in Pain Management, and has a number of useful publications for patients at this page.
In particular the BPS has produced a very useful book on Understanding and Managing Pain which you may find helpful. 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.
This document can be downloaded free of charge from this link.
The British Pain Society have produced a list of suggested reading material that you may find useful. Their web page listing these can be accessed from this link.
The British Pain Society, with the British Geriatrics Society, have produced a guidance document on the Management of Pain in Older People which you can access via this link. They have also produced a guidance document on assessment of pain in older people which you can download here.
Other useful sites
An excellent site with a wealth of information on management of pain and useful approaches for patients is the Sheffield Aches and Pains site.
There is an extensive list of resource links and other inormation at the Patient.co.uk site
The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) have recently published a series of guidelines on management of chronic pain, and as part of this have produced a good general booklet on pain management for patients
NHS Kirklees have an excellent self-care site
Chronic Pain Policy Coalition
The Pain Relief Foundation in Liverpool have a number of very useful information sheets on their website
Action on Pain - an informative site providing support and advice for people who are affected by Chronic Pain
www.paintoolkit.org is a website where you can download the pain toolkit booklet. This has lots of practical and easy to follow advice, written in a friendly and accessible way by Pete Moore, who has personal experience of chronic pain and who relates to the difficulties. This site has been very popular with pain patients nationally and is highly recommended.
Painsupport is a website written by someone who has chronic pain. It gives information, support and tips about self-help strategies to manage your pain.
PainConcern is a U.K based charity for those living with Chronic Pain and those who care for and about them. Pain Concern produces “Airing Pain,” a fortnightly radio programme broadcast on www.AbleRadio.com which provides information and support to those living with pain.
The American Chronic Pain Association have a very large number of information pages on their website
The Arthritis Research UK site has a very large range of information and downloadable booklets and information about joint pain and other painful conditions which we would highly recommend.
The Neuropathy Trust has useful information for those suffering with nerve pain.
The www.paincd.org.uk website has a self-management CD which can be listened to online or downloaded for free. There are several tracks ranging from information on living with chronic pain, medication, sleep, managing negative emotions to relaxation.
www.healthtalkonline.org is an award-winning evidence-based site where you can read about peoples health experiences and find information about conditions, treatments and support for many health conditions including chronic pain.
www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk - General NHS website for all health conditions, providing expert health advice, information and reassurance online and over the phone.
www.expertpatients.co.uk - Provides free self-management courses for people with any chronic health condition.
NHS Choices gives a wide range of information about pain and other conditions.
The International Neuromodulation Society has substantial resources on their website relating to spinal cord stimulation and other techniques.
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Pain Service Website, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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Page updated 19/02/2016