The Pain Plan was evaluated in a year-long study carried out in three very well-established MDT NHS pain centres.
The trial showed that disability was significantly reduced and self-efficacy improved.
Download a PDF of the research reports published in the Pain Society’s Pain News.
The second of the two papers was a qualitative study. Patients said it:
- gave them support and validation for the experience of living with pain
- Improved understanding of pain mechanisms and coping strategies
- provided a continuing resource for use after the end of the ‘programme’
- gave an understanding of how mood, thoughts and beliefs alter the experience of pain
- taught them relaxation which was very highly valued by 50% of users
- led to success with goals and motivation
- helped patients learn pacing techniques
- was highly appreciated and recommended
An unpublished, independent study also showed that the PMP can be understood by anyone with a reading age of 9 years upwards. To see the comparison with other pain management books, click here