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Pain Network East Rand (PANER)
The GMPP has started a virtual pain clinic which is still in development but has had several meetings to establish the network. The aim is to bring a team of experts together who have a special interest in the management of chronic pain. The need was born out of the fact that patients with chronic pain syndromes are often misdiagnosed and then not appropriately treated.
The chronic pain syndromes are categorised in 3 main groups:
- Functional pain (75% of patients present with this pain syndrome)
- Nociceptive pain (30% of patients present with this pain syndrome).
- Neuropathic pain (20% of patients present with this pain syndrome)
- There is some overlap as some patients present with a combination of these syndromes
It clear from the above that the diagnosis must be firmly established to prescribe the most appropriate treatment for patients. It is also clear that patients, who present with chronic pain, be managed by a multidisciplinary team. Members of the team include: General Practitioners, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Neurologists, Neurosurgeons, Orthopaedic surgeons, Anaesthesiologists, Physiotherapists, Chiropractitioners, and others.
The virtual network share knowledge on the management of pain by each of the disciplines, they refer to the appropriate professionals for the management of that specific pain and seek opinions on difficult to manage patients.
Substance Abuse Network South Africa (SANSA)
SANSA is a structured outpatient treatment programme underpinned by evidenced based medicine. It keeps the patient functioning at work and at home while in treatment, thereby maintaining productivity. It will reduce the "revolving door syndrome" and it's cost implications. For Patients SANSA offers:
- Using emotions.
- Understanding emotions.
- Managing emotions.