Although healthcare professionals are taught communication skills, little emphasis is put on how explanations are given. A plausible clear explanation is of special importance for patients who have chronic pain which is invisible, subjective and poorly understood.
Through the use of a multidisciplinary team, participants will have the opportunity to enhance their skills at providing meaningful explanations to their patients.
This event will start with a patient describing her experience of obtaining an explanation, and its impact on her ability to manage pain.
A Professor of Linguistics, Professor Elena Semino, will demonstrate the importance of words and metaphors to provide explanations, this will be complimented by Professor Peter Salmon, a health psychologist who works in the field of medically unexplained symptoms.
The distinguished and highly respected Professor Lorimer Mosley, an Australian physiotherapist whose explanation of chronic pain on YouTube and in TED talks are appreciated by thousands of viewers.
Delegates will also be introduced to Dr Deborah Padfield, a Visual Artist who will be showing her film “Pain under a microscope”, which is a culmination of over 10 years worth of work with pain patients. Some of the images created during the project will be used by Pain Medicine Physician, Professor Joanna Zakrzewskato, to illustrate the impact of pain management courses.
To finalise the event Ms Rachel Stovell, Senior Physiotherapist, will facilitate group work to ensure all delegates leave with the tools needed to provide an explanation of chronic pain in a personalised way.
- Stimulate creative thinking around the challenges of encountering and communicating pain by integrating rigorous scientific presentations with creative practice based interventions
- Understand the value of a good explanation from the patient perspective
- Appreciate the importance of language in describing/explaining pain
- The role of metaphor and role play in explaining pain science
- Identify the need and required elements in an explanation
- Appreciate how a visual journey through a pain clinic could lead to improved outcomes
- Design explanations for use in clinics and teaching