Be the Voice that Inspires Change

According to recent research, both people affected by pain and healthcare professionals treating pain feel that exam room conversations can be uncomfortable.27 The pressure to open up about the impact of pain on everyday life in an unfamiliar environment and discuss the risks of abuse and misuse associated with opioid medications may contribute to the feelings of discomfort. Research shows that simple changes to the physical healthcare environment can affect people’s mood and behavior.28


Design for Dialogue is an initiative intended to allow the pain community to rethink the exam room experience and design a space to help address the uncomfortable nature of these complex issues. What would the ideal doctor’s office exam room look like to make you feel most comfortable?

Customize Your Ideal Exam Room

1. Customize your ideal exam room by selecting:

  • Wall color
  • Lighting
  • Furniture
  • Flooring
  • And resources you see most valuable

2. Share your insights into how to have a more open conversation around pain and responsible pain management under the “Resources” tab.

Don’t forget to Save and Submit your expert perspective!


Your experience may be showcased to highlight the community's perspective.

It is widely agreed upon that the color of the walls in a room can greatly affect the mood of its occupants.29 What is the right color for you for creating a comfortable place to talk about pain?

Choose your preferred wall color out of the following swatches:

Simple adjustments in lighting have been shown to affect productivity, mood and attentiveness.30 What lighting would you prefer in your ideal exam room?

Choose your preferred lighting out of the following swatches:

Furniture, specifically the shape, can elicit different emotional responses from observers.31 What furniture design would make you feel most comfortable?

Choose your preferred furniture out of the following swatches:

Flooring has been noted to affect the immediate judgment of space.32 What flooring do you prefer?

Choose your preferred flooring out of the following swatches:

Meaningful communication in the exam room is a delicate balance that requires maintaining a relationship, similar to a friendship. According to Dr. Zackary Berger, “Healing depends on sensitive emotional navigation as much as objective truth.”33

What resources would help facilitate communication?


For Healthcare Professionals

Brief Pain Inventory (BPI) tool

For Healthcare Professionals

Exam Room Discussion Guide

For People Affected by Pain

Pain Self Assessment

For People Affected by Pain

Talking to Your Doctor Discussion Guide

Tell us a little about yourself:

Thank you for sharing.

Don't Forget to Email Your Design


We understand your time is precious and it’s not easy to open up about the impact of living with pain and the challenges of pain management. We appreciate your time in helping to open and better inform the conversation around the effects of pain and responsible pain management.



Encourage Others to Join the Conversation


Members of the pain community are the experts on understanding the effects of living with pain and addressing the challenges of treating and managing pain responsibly. Choose one of the simple ways below to help your friends, family, and advocates for pain care to join the conversation.


Customize Your Ideal Exam Room

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1. Customize your ideal exam room by selecting:

  • Wall color
  • Lighting
  • Furniture
  • Flooring
  • And resources you see most valuable


2. Share your insights into how to have a more open conversation around pain and responsible pain management under the “Resources” tab.

Don’t forget to Save and Submit your expert perspective!


Your experience may be showcased to highlight the community's perspective.

Wall Color

It is widely agreed upon that the color of the walls in a room can greatly affect the mood of its occupants.29 What is the right color for you for creating for creating a comfortable place to talk about pain?

Choose your preferred wall color out of the following swatches:


Lighting

Simple adjustments in lighting have been shown to affect productivity, mood and attentiveness.30 What lighting would you prefer in your ideal exam room?

Choose your preferred lighting out of the following swatches:


Furniture

Furniture, specifically the shape, can elicit different emotional responses from observers.31 What furniture design would make you feel most comfortable?

Choose your preferred furniture out of the following swatches:


Flooring

Flooring has been noted to affect the immediate judgment of space.32 What flooring do you prefer?

Choose your preferred flooring out of the following swatches:


Resources

Meaningful communication in the exam room is a delicate balance that requires maintaining a relationship, similar to a friendship. According to Dr. Zackary Berger, “Healing depends on sensitive emotional navigation as much as objective truth.”33

What resources would help facilitate communication?


For Healthcare Professionals

Brief Pain Inventory (BPI) tool

For Healthcare Professionals

Exam Room Discussion Guide


For People Affected by Pain

Pain Self Assessment


For People Affected by Pain

Talking to Your Doctor Discussion Guide

Tell us a little about yourself:




Thank you for sharing.

Don't Forget to Email Your Design


We understand your time is precious and it’s not easy to open up about the impact of living with pain and the challenges of pain management. We appreciate your time in helping to open and better inform the conversation around the effects of pain and responsible pain management.



Encourage Others to Join the Conversation


Members of the pain community are the experts on understanding the effects of living with pain and addressing the challenges of treating and managing pain responsibly. Choose one of the simple ways below to help your friends, family, and advocates for pain care to join the conversation.