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.
March 22 — UC Davis faculty advise on physician assistant exams Gerald Kayingo, director for the physician assistant program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, and Sampath Wijesinghe, assistant clinical professor, provided input on the development of nationwide physician assistant exams for use in educational programs and licensing. Sam was invited by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) to serve as a subject-matter expert for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) and Physician Assistant National Recertifying Exam (PANRE). In this role, Sam assists in defining the core medical knowledge and skills content that should be covered on the exams. The meeting was in Johns Creek, Georgia, the NCCPA headquarters, March 20-22. Gerald travels to Oklahoma City March 23-26 to participate in the Physician Assistant Education Association Exam Development Summit to discuss and collaborate on exams used in physician assistant programs.