Where possible, asking your patient to complete a questionnaire at home, before her appointment makes it easier to get the full history of her pain concerns. Completing it at home in her own time, allows her time to consider the answers carefully and collect important information, including details of any previous surgery. Using a questionnaire allows you to understand the main issues quickly and completely so that you can focus on the areas that concern her most. A suitable questionnaire is available below.
Where a patient with complex pain consults you unexpectedly, it may be best to address only immediate needs at that time, provide information to read and the pelvic pain questionnaire for her to complete at home. Then arrange another longer appointment on another day.