UK – NICE publishes new guidance on chronic pain management

The UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published new guidance on the assessment of chronic pain, recommending exercise instead of commonly used drugs such as paracetamol as part of its guidelines.

Chronic or persistent pain is characterised by pain that lasts for more than three months and is estimated to affect between 1-6% of people in England.

The guidance, published by NICE last week, has placed emphasis on shared decision making by recommending patients be put at the centre of their care.

NICE recommends that a care and support plan be developed for people suffering with chronic pain, which should be based on the effects of pain on day-to-day activities, as well as individual’s preferences, abilities and goals…