P a g e | 42 APPENDIX 1 – FILM SCRIPT for a cure, let’s accept, if we can, that this is what is going on and now let’s try and make you better . . . ROSS The fact that you tell them . . . . that there’s something wrong physically . . . Just that gives you a certain sense of relief. JOHN I think giving it a label that actually has no justification I think is misleading to the patient and I actually feel quite strongly about that. If there isn’t a physiological problem, it doesn’t mean that there isn’t an illness, and if the patient is suffering then we should look at the problem and how we can help. While we talked . . . many losses came up and I began myself to think about what all this was about in fact, what is this pain? . . . There was a lot of disappointment, where there was divorce and . . . yes, it can’t be purely physiological. Once a person’s life has fallen apart it’s not so much about the pain and the injury anymore. It’s about all these other things in their life and . . . it’s all these other things that need to be addressed in order to get them and get them back on track. We are limited by the amount of time with the patient. I know this bad, but talking about pain opens a can of worms. You focus straightaway on . . . a . . . biological type approach to it. I think some of the psychological feelings get more brushed over perhaps. Very often there is not the space in the consultation. I think the sort of traditional model of treatment doesn’t allow people to express how pain has affected their whole life, it is very homed in to the particular area of the body and trying to fix it.
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