You can find innumerable books and articles intended to help patients talk about pain with their healthcare team. Yet pain continues to be under-reported by many patients. Here's a resource that may help: ACP Health TiPS on Pain.
The American College of Physicians (ACP) Foundation developed a simple one-page information sheet to help patients begin the conversation with their healthcare team. Unlike many that have too much information crammed on one page, this has just enough to be useful: a graphic pain scale, 4 key points (e.g., "Pain can be treated. It should not ruin your life."), 4 tips and 9 questions to ask your healthcare team.
This TiPS sheet on pain is but one of a series of HEALTH TiPS developed as part of the ACP Foundation's mission to improve health literacy.
These free-of-charge TiPS sheets are geared to a "fifth-grade reading level, in English and Spanish, and are designed specifically for the 90 million people who have difficulty understanding and acting on health information- nearly half of all American adults. The clinical content of HEALTH TiPS is evidence-based...has been graphically enhanced and is available in color for downloading."
Keep this resource in mind if you know people who have trouble communicating with their healthcare team.