Angus libraries set to stock books on chronic pain management

Brechin Library
Brechin Library

Funding from NHS Tayside has enabled new books on pain management to become available in every library and mobile library in Angus and Tayside.

According to the NHS, 14 per cent of the population suffer with chronic pain and that suggests 56350 people in Tayside are suffering with the condition.

Last year the local Chronic Pain Improvement Board made a successful application to the NHS Tayside Board Endowment Fund to provide readily accessible public information on chronic pain. As a result, a selection of approved books has been purchased for every library.

Sandy Watson, chair of the Board of Trustees for the Tayside Health Fund commented: “These books on pain self management will improve the health and wellbeing of many people and I’m delighted to see that they will be available in every library across Tayside.”

Speaking at the launch, communities vice-convener Councillor Jeanette Gaul said: “In Tayside over 56,000 people are living with chronic pain I know that this collection will be a valuable resource to residents.

“In our libraries the most popular books in non-fiction after biography are medical books and since the launch over 500 books from the ‘take control’ collection have been borrowed at our libraries and I am sure that this will be another well-used, supportive library service.”

The project was funded by the Tayside Health Fund.

The books on chronic pain management that have been specially chosen to appear in the libraries are:-

Overcoming Chronic Pain by Frances Cole et al.

Coping Successfully with Pain by Neville Shone.

Managing Pain Before it Manages You by Margaret Caudill.

Pain Management Plan: How people living with pain found a better life.

The chronic pain collection in Angus libraries complements the existing ‘take control’ collection that supports people facing cancer and their families.