- Led by St Joseph’s Hospice, Hackney, in partnership with Cicely Saunders Institute, King’s College London.
- To be delivered by physiotherapy and clinical psychology to groups of patients at St Joseph’s Hospice outpatient service.
- Aims to empower palliative care patients with chronic pain to effectively manage their pain themselves, resulting in improved function, quality of life and possible reduction in the use of other services.
- Will adapt a hospital-based pain management programme for the hospice setting.
Patients are presenting earlier to palliative care services and are living longer with life-limiting conditions. This exposes them to the risk of chronic pain and highlights an increasing need for wider adoption of innovative approaches to successfully manage chronic pain in palliative care.
Pain management programmes combine physical and psychological approaches to help people to take control of their pain, leading to improved quality of life and reduced use of other support services. Although these are used for chronic pain management in hospitals, they are new to palliative care.
This project will adapt a hospital-based pain management programmes for adult palliative care patients with life-limiting conditions and chronic pain. The effectiveness of this innovative self-management approach will be tested in 60 patients at St Joseph’s Hospice and evaluated in partnership with specialist palliative care researchers at the Cicely Saunders Institute, King's College London.
Patients will set their own personal goals and receive training in bio-psychosocial approaches from specialist physiotherapy, clinical psychology and multi-disciplinary palliative care professionals. They will also benefit from the motivational and emotional support of the group.
The aim is to give palliative care patients the skills and understanding needed to help them live as fully as possible alongside pain and empower them to optimally manage their pain themselves.
The project team hope that the approach will prove effective and that other hospices and palliative care services can also adopt it, improving the quality of chronic pain management in palliative care and benefitting a significant number of patients.