Health Care Provider Toolkit
Change the conversation about pain
Are you frustrated with your patient interactions around pain care?
As our nation struggles with a dual crisis of chronic pain and opioid overdose, all clinicians need better tools to talk about pain differently in a way that’s effective in helping and motivating their patients.
Providence Health and Services has created a pain education toolkit for the entire care team that makes the conversation easier, without lengthening appointments.
Providence Health & Services is pleased to announce that the following “Persistent Pain Toolkit” materials have been made available for you to use free of charge*.
Below are clinician teaching tools. Also view our patient videos and handouts ›
Clinician Teaching Aids
Designed to facility clinician discussions with patients to explain and reinforce key pain concepts.
Shared decision making tools: Based on stages of change theory
- The big picture - Helps patients identify the personal aspects of their own pain story
- Develop a plan - Help establish patient goals based on their own motivation
See Patient Toolkit (videos and handouts)
- Sleep and autonomic dysregulation tools
- Healthy balance - Illustrates balance of autonomic nervous system function to promote sleep
- Lack of balance - Illustrates effects of dysregulated autonomic nervous system
- Pacing tool - Coach patients on safe return to activity
- Phrasing - Sample recommended phrasing for discussing pain topics
- Stress & pain response - Role of stress in pain experience and role of physiological quieting for pain reduction
- Radiological findings and pain - Teaches limits of radiological findings in determining pain experience
- Pain poster - Depicts key aspects of patient pain experience
* Providence Health & Services hereby grants you permission, free of charge, to use the materials above (the “Materials”) subject to the limitation that you are not permitted to modify, sublicense, re-publish, and/or sell the Materials without the express written permission of Providence Health & Services. All other rights in the Materials are reserved. For inquiries regarding use of the Materials, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
A study of 81 Providence pain patients treated by clinicians using the Toolkit resources demonstrated decreased utilization of services.
Across all back pain-related services from (tracked from 2012 to 2014 using linear regression analysis):
- Decrease of $297/patient case costs
- Reduced rehab and in-patient costs
- No change in back painrelated primary care costs
- Decrease of 2.2 claims/patient1
1 Stern, Nora, MSPT; Weber, Louie; Van Wagner, Chris MPT; Niehus, Doug, MD; Halperin, Ruben, MD,MPH; Spinelli, Kateri, Ph.D; Wang, Lian, Ph.D; Cruz, Linda, MD; “Pain education in primary care and rehab services improves patient outcomes” Journal of Pain, April 2017Volume 18, Issue 4, Supplement, Page S50