A Care Team Approach
Cassandra Kuhn, Rachel Nelson, Shiader Thao, Tommy Brown, Ty Griffith
Pain is a condition that affects millions of people worldwide. However, pain is difficult to treat because patients have different levels of pain tolerance and there are different types and descriptions of pain. Pain may be classified as acute or chronic. A type of chronic pain is Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS). Practitioners may find it difficult to effectively manage their patient’s FMS because all symptoms are self-reported and patients may lack the ability to effectively describe the severity of their pain. Additionally, FMS involves a wide range of symptoms and requires several areas of care. Therefore, patients with FMS can benefit most if they receive therapy from a healthcare team. For example, the combination of therapies involving pharmacological, physical and occupational can be considered by patients who are seeking greater pain relief. This is because each healthcare professional provides perspective and additional insights, which provides for better understanding of the patient’s pain. With a healthcare team that is able to properly communicates and work together, treatment plans can be more effectively formulated to improve management and increase the overall patient-centered care.