Lets revisit Question Eight in the Explain Pain Assessment Eight Great Questions series. The final question is about weaving the various threads, teased out via the previous seven questions, into a cohesive, integrated and tailored package of education for that individual.
A list of 10 common target concepts
In Explain Pain Supercharged, David and Lorimer provide a list of ten common, universal target concepts that will likely form part of any Explain Pain intervention, but emphasise the need to go beyond this list and add target concepts specific to each patient. The list of common target concepts provide multiple examples to help flesh out what a target concept might look like (that’s a bonus educational science tip – providing multiple examples is a super simple, but highly effective educational strategy)
Which, what, when, how..?
Thinking about target concepts has a number of different facets –which target concepts, what content will I include, how will I deliver them? How many, how long do I spend on each? How can I incorporate multimedia, narrative and metaphor? When do I deliver each target concept – over how many sessions? Here’s another bonus educational tip – in answering these which, what, when, how type questions you are actually building a curriculum – a whole topic in itself for a future series.
Dynamic and nimble
Group settings will lend themselves to predetermined target concepts and you may choose to cover all 10 of the above, but even acute settings can benefit from a few target concepts delivered in the form of quick ‘neuroscience nuggets’.
Educational interventions need to be dynamic and nimble – target concepts can be written down, but they should never be set in stone.
What are your key target concepts? Please share your thoughts!