Published on 7th April, NICE guidelines have highlighted the need for a range of treatments to be offered to help those suffering with chronic primary pain. 

In circumstances where the cause of chronic pain is unclear, and therefore more challenging to manage, NICE have emphasised the importance of understanding a patient's life, from how they spend their time, to their personal relationships and sleep. 

The guidelines include both recommendations for care such as support plans, CBT, ACT and acupuncture, as well as the risks associated with drug treatments which the article highlights have shown little or no evidence of making any difference to patient's quality of life.