Use this guide in consultation with your health-care provider. Keep your health-care provider informed about your use of the strategies in this guide.
Learn about each strategy. Read this guide to learn about strategies that can help you manage your pain. Click on the gold box below to go through this guide. Or download a PDF of this booklet here.
Rate how well you think you are doing with each strategy. The wheel on the next page shows a picture of each strategy next to a wedge of the wheel. Each wedge is divided into three sections. Use the key shown on the page to put an X in the section of the wedge that matches how well you are managing that strategy right now. Continue to use this wheel to track your progress.
Choose a strategy you would like to work on. It is best to choose one that is important to you and that you think you can start to change right now.
Experiment with your plan. Many people find that their plan will change as they experiment with how it fits into their daily routines. Make adjustments as you experiment rather than trying to get the perfect plan developed before you start.
Finally, pay close attention to any small or large changes in how well you function and cope with pain. Notice what strategies seem to provide you the best results. Remember to keep your health-care provider updated about your activities and progress.
Sept. 22 — Doctoral candidate publishes article in Stroke journal Michelle Camicia, a doctoral candidate at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, published the article, “Nursing’s Role in Successful Transitions across Settings,” in Stroke, the journal of the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. Michelle, who served as primary author, wrote the article with Barbara J. Lutz, a professor at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington School of Nursing. The two examined nurses’ roles in transitioning stroke patients from setting to setting. They also discovered nurses could improve the overall quality of care of stroke patients by identifying and documenting transition issues early, implementing strategies to address concerns and communicating the transition plan to the next level of care. Michelle is a candidate with the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Doctor of Philosophy Degree Program Class of 2018.