Managing chronic pain

This booklet is based on evidence and aims to make patients, carers and families aware of the care and treatment they should expect to receive when living with chronic pain. It is based on the SIGN guideline on managing chronic pain published in 2013.The booklet explains:

This guidance is aimed at adults and does not explain treatment options for managing pain in children (some of their treatment options are different to adults). This booklet aims to make you aware of the treatment available for your pain and can help you work with those involved in your care to decide what treatments you would like to try.

We produce patient booklets which are based on our clinical guidelines.These patient booklets explain the recommendations in the clinical guideline; and help to make patients aware of the tests and treatments they should expect to receive from the NHS.

These patient booklets are a lay translation of the clinical guidelines.They are not intended to be general information leaflets.

[arrow] Booklet for patients and carers
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[arrow] Booklet for patients and carers large print edition [Acrobat logo] (727K)
[arrow] Booklet for patients and carers Polish translation [Acrobat logo] (646K)

The full clinical guideline and resources for clinicians and policy makers are also available on this site.