Use materials to teach patients about pain management

Following is a list of educational materials on pain management and organizations that offer educational tools for pain:

* Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) Clearinghouse, Silver Spring, MD.

Booklets on managing acute pain and cancer pain. Created by Rockville, MD-based agency, a unit of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Free to health care professionals. Ask for Acute Pain Management in Adults and Management of Cancer Pain. To order, write: AHCPR Clearinghouse, P.O. Box 8547, Silver Spring, MD 20907-8547. Telephone: (800) 358-9295.

* The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus.

The video "Epidural Pain Relief, A Patient's Guide" gives a general overview of what patients can expect from an epidural and shows what the procedure is like. Includes an interview with a patient who used the procedure to control pain. Cost: $100. To order, write: The Ohio State University Medical Center, Patient Education Department, 410 W. 10th Ave., Columbus, OH 43210. Telephone: (614) 293-3191.

* Mayday Pain Resource Center, Duarte, CA.

The Mayday Pain Resource Center at City of Hope National Medical Center is a central source for collecting a variety of materials related to pain, including pain assessment tools, patient education materials, quality assurance materials related to pain, research instruments used in pain research, and other resources. For a complete list of Mayday materials, write: City of Hope National Medical Center, Nursing Research and Education, Mayday Pain Resource Center, 1500 E. Duarte Road, Duarte, CA 91010. Telephone: (818) 359-8111, ext. 3829. *