SIP 2017 - Key Statement
Pete Moore – Pain Toolkit, United Kingdom
"With the ever-increasing problem of persistent pain in Europe, SIP has become essential event to bring key decision makers (political, healthcare professionals, health industry and patient groups) together to discuss and action plan pain management solutions to the pain problems in Europe."
Pete’s story is very typical of that of a pain patient. He was, like many pain patients looking for that magic bullet to take away his pain. Managing pain was like playing a game of snakes and ladders – a game of luck. Most days melted into the next and he became a very poor pain self-manager. He did not exercise or generally look after his body and when something went wrong with it, he expected the doctor to fix him.
My Turning Point!
In July 1996, Pete attended the INPUT Pain Management Programme (PMP) London. It was described to him as a programme that could help me to increase his confidence and mobility and provide him with life-long skills to self-manage his pain.
Pete authored the Pain Toolkit a simple patient booklet which was supported by the Department of Health and now used extensively in the UK and overseas. 950,000 copies are in circulation in the UK. It’s been translated into 10 languages and adapted for Australia, Canada, Ireland and New Zealand.
- British Pain Society (honorary member)
- The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)