Patients suffering from chronic and difficult pain are treated at the Pain Clinic after prior attempts to identify the cause of pain and provide treatment have been unsuccessful. The pain management of cancer patients is centralised at the Cancer Center.
A doctor's referral is required for the treatment and can be obtained from the health centre, occupational health care, private physician, or other specialised medical care unit. In some cases, the quickest and most appropriate approach for the patient is that the Pain Clinic physician sends the treatment instructions directly to the physician in charge of the treatment.
Management of chronic pain
Difficult pain almost always has an impact on the patient's everyday life, coping, ability to work and family life, and other social relationships. At the Pain Clinic, patients receive individual treatment based on collaboration between the patient and professionals in various fields.
The patient is booked an appointment with a physician or a pain management nurse. Before the appointment, patients are asked to fill in a pain survey.
In addition to better pain management, treatment is aimed at maintaining the patients' ability to function, and improving their quality of life.
Encouraging patients and their loved ones, providing support and seeking new means of coping are the staff's key tasks.