An evaluation of Pathway Through Pain: clinical effectiveness and cost savings
A research study conducted with the chronic pain service of Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust measured the outcomes for chronic pain patients enrolled on the Pathway Through Pain online course.
The study shows that patients who completed the course made significant improvements with regard to their perceived health status, level of disability, mood, confidence managing pain, problems in life due to pain and level of pain. Around one-third of participants made reliable changes in their levels of disability, depression and anxiety.
The study indicates that patients completing the course achieved significant improvements in the following outcome measures:
- 14% Reduction of Disability (ODI)
- 20% Improvement in Quality of Life (EQ-VAS)
- 20% Improvement of Confidence in Managing Pain
- 24% Reduction of Problems in Daily Life
- 16% Reduction of Pain Level
- 23% Reduction in Depression (PHQ-9)
- 22% Reduction in Anxiety (GAD-7)
The research also tracked the healthcare costs of chronic pain patients from in-patient, out-patient and A&E services. The data indicates that the group who completed Pathway through Pain had a large average healthcare cost reduction of £240 in the year after the intervention.
The research findings evaluating the clinical effectiveness and cost-savings of Pathway Through Pain were published in the British Journal of Pain in July 2019.
The article can be accessed here.
Reference: Pimm, T. J., Williams, L. J., Reay, M., Pickering, S., Lota, R., Coote, L., Sarhan, F. (2019). ‘An evaluation of a digital pain management programme: clinical effectiveness and cost savings’, British Journal of Pain.
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