Tackling Cancer Pain – Highly commended at the BMA Patient information awards

Tackling Cancer Pain – A toolkit for patients and families was Highly Commended at the British Medical Association (BMA) Patient information awards 2016.

The reviewer said ‘This resource is of an exceptionally high standard; the amount of effort that went into producing and reviewing it is clear. It’s very well-presented, and contains a large amount of helpful information in a clear and easy to read way. This really is an excellent resource.’

Mark Smith (right) with the 'Tackling Cancer Pain' team
Left to right – Dr Nic Hughes, Professor José Closs, Dr Kate Flemming, Mrs Christine Allmark and Mark Smith

The purpose of Tackling Cancer Pain is to provide evidence-based information and practical advice for patients and families about self-management of advanced cancer pain. The resource comprises a booklet in the form of a compact loose-leaf A5 ring binder with a DVD attached to the inside front cover. Both were designed on the basis of an extensive literature review and user involvement and produced with the input of professional film-makers and designers. The booklet and DVD contain essentially the same information but in different formats and are structured so that they can be used independently by patients or family members. They can also form the basis for one-to-one or group education or coaching from a health professional. Clear guidance is given in each chapter about how to use the information presented. Step-by-step tuition is provided on non-pharmacological pain relief measures such as relaxation and visualisation, and on how to initiate and conduct conversations about pain with health professionals.