UK: Publication of National Pain Audit Report
UK National Pain Audit Report: Patient with long-term pain experience have a very low overal quality of life
A British Pain Society and Dr Foster Intelligence joint Audit finds that many pain services make a substantial difference to patients whose quality of life is extremely poor with high reliance on emergency care.
The first ever National Pain Audit, carried out by the British Pain Society and Dr Foster Intelligence, was used to measure the availability and activity of NHS specialist centres for the diagnosis and management of complex chronic pain disorders in England and Wales. This three-year study was commissioned by the Health Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) in September 2009 in response to the Chief Medical Officer’s report of 2008: ‘Pain: Breaking Through the Barrier’ which expressed concern that the needs of people with chronic pain were being poorly served by the NHS and wider society.
The Final Report was officially launched at an evening reception held on 17th December 2012, at the Science Museum within the Pain Less Exhibition.