Communicating With Your Doctor About Pain

AI-PAMI Patient & Caregiver Presentation: 12 Tips to a More Productive Pain Management Visit, presented by Daryl English, DNP, MSN, APRN-BC, CPP. Learn about the best ways to communicate with your health care provider to make the most of your pain management visit. Dr. English reviews how to concisely talk to your care team about your needs so you can ensure your pain management plan best fits your goals and type of pain.

Presentation Slide Deck

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The 12 Communication Tips:

  • Plan in advance if you will need an interpreter or help with communicating during your visit
  • Manage any distractions to make the most of your time
  • Come prepared with your questions about your health concerns
  • Bring up serious issues first, do not wait until the end of your visit
  • Ensure any information you bring to discuss with your provider is from a trusted source
  • Listen and consider all recommendations carefully
  • Bring someone with you if you will need help taking notes and remembering your visit discussion
  • Share information with all members of your care team, including other providers you see
  • Bring copies of important test results with you
  • Ask for clarification when needed
  • Be exact when bringing up a health concern, rather than using vague terms
  • Be an active part of your care and take part in the conversation during each health care visit


  • Prepare for your health care visit
  • Follow-up from your health care visit