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Final National Pain Audit report findings: safety protocols need to be reviewed in many services


A British Pain Soci­ety and Dr Fos­ter Intel­li­gence joint Audit has found that safe­ty pro­to­cols need to be reviewed in many spe­cial­ist pain ser­vices to ensure that men­tal health risk assess­ment and full case reviews of missed diag­noses are rou­tine­ly per­formed. The report rec­om­mend­ed that spe­cial­ist train­ing is giv­en to staff so they can bet­ter iden­ti­fy and man­age those at risk.

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 four year study was com­mis­sioned by the Health Qual­i­ty Improve­ment Part­ner­ship (HQIP) in Sep­tem­ber 2009 in response to the Chief Med­ical Officer’s report in 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.

See the full press release here.