Looking for new techniques of communication with patients that suffers pain

How do students of Medicine and future doctors face pain? With which attitude do they face this problem? To clarify these and other questions was the purpose of the Family Doctor Cristina Naranjo Muñoz, a specialist that -together with the Observatory of Pain– has participated in the XXIV Health Communication Congress in Santiago de Compostela.

Organized by the Spanish Society of Family and Community Medicine (semFYC) and under the title “The way is to communicate”, the congress counted with the attendance of important professionals of the Medicine and Research field of our country. 

Cristina Naranjo presented her talk entitled “Knowledge and Attitude about chronic pain in students of Medicine and Nursing in their last year of university”. During her intervention, the specialist in Family Medicine showed the results of the study about the knowledge and attitude that these students have in relation to chronic pain through the questionnaire of KnowPain-12 and The Nurses Pain Management Attitude Survey.

Beyond these interesting data, many other topics were addressed during the congress such as: “Communication without obstacles: a right and a need”, “The beliefs of professionals and patients about low back pain” or “How to participate in social networks as a health professional”.

In addition, a very current issue was also addressed as a workshop: “Music and movement for health: the Saludarte Project”. This workshop showed how the use of music and movement produce an improvement in patients, being another way to manage pain. To sum up, the congress was a meeting point for professionals of the health field with a common purpose: to improve the communication between professionals and patients.

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