Chapter 4. Developing a Nurse-Led Clinic for the Treatment of Neuropathic Pain

  1. Eloise Carr Associate Dean1,
  2. Mandy Layzell Lecturer Practitioner Advanced Specialist Nurse2 and
  3. Martin Christensen PhD member Senior Lecturer3
  1. Eileen Mann Lecturer Nurse Consultant1,2

Published Online: 21 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444318722.ch4

Advancing Nursing Practice in Pain Management

Advancing Nursing Practice in Pain Management

How to Cite

Mann, E. (2010) Developing a Nurse-Led Clinic for the Treatment of Neuropathic Pain, in Advancing Nursing Practice in Pain Management (eds E. Carr, M. Layzell and M. Christensen), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444318722.ch4

Editor Information

  1. 1

    School of Health & Social Care, Bournemouth University, UK

  2. 2

    Acute Pain Team, Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, UK

  3. 3

    School of Health & Social Care, Bournemouth House, Bournemouth University, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    School of Health & Social Care, Bournemouth University, UK

  2. 2

    Acute Pain Team, Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 JAN 2010
  2. Published Print: 19 FEB 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405176996

Online ISBN: 9781444318722

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Keywords:

  • nurse-led clinic for neuropathic pain treatment;
  • neuropathic pain, abnormal processing within nervous system;
  • lack of understanding of pain mechanisms by non-specialists - problems facing the world;
  • nurse-led clinic for neuropathic pain sufferers;
  • liaison between primary and secondary care;
  • behaviour change skills influencing health status;
  • identifying key stakeholders;
  • acute pain service;
  • LANSS neuropathic pain assessment tool and Brief Pain Inventory;
  • nurse-led neuropathic pain clinic - support from physicians, administrators, nurses, podiatrists

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Definitions and causes of neuropathic pain

  • Prevalence of neuropathic pain

  • A proposal and rationale for a nurse-led clinic for sufferers of neuropathic pain

  • Identifying stakeholders

  • Developing a business plan

  • Assessment tools

  • The challenges and reality

  • Evaluation of the service

  • Justifying the advanced nursing contribution

  • Conclusions

  • Appendix 1: Original business plan

  • Appendix 2: Text of an open letter to all local general practitioners informing them of the proposal to commence a nurse-led clinic for painful diabetic neuropathy

  • Appendix 3: Example of a typical letter to a general practitioner, at the time pregabalin was not available for prescription

  • References