BE­ING HEARD

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Treat­ing chronic pain may be­gin with ac­knowl­edg­ing that the prob­lem ex­ists. Kiwi re­searchers ex­am­ined 33 stud­ies, in­volv­ing

512 peo­ple, and found self– man­age­ment strate­gies were “hugely ben­e­fi­cial” in help­ing peo­ple have a bet­ter qual­ity of life, as was hav­ing “health pro­fes­sion­als who lis­ten, val­i­date and ac­knowl­edge what pa­tients are go­ing through”. The pos­i­tive in­flu­ence of sup­port net­works

– which in­cluded fam­ily, friends and col­leagues – also gave peo­ple more con­fi­dence in manag­ing their pain and symp­toms.

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