Results & Evidence
Reduced healthcare costs and improved patient outcomes
A research study conducted by Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust has been tracking the healthcare costs (from in-patient, out-patient and A&E services) for chronic pain patients using Pathway through Pain. The data indicates that the group who used Pathway through Pain had a large average healthcare cost reduction of £414.77 in the year after the intervention (45% cost reduction). This compares with an increased average cost of £127.01 for the patient group who did not take the online course and had ‘treatment as usual’ during this period.
The research also indicates patients completing Pathway through Pain achieve significant improvements in the following outcome measures, from pre-intervention to post-intervention:
- 16% Reduction of Disability (ODI)
- 21% Improvement in Quality of Life (EQ-VAS)
- 33% Improvement of Confidence in Managing Pain
- 26% Reduction of Problems in Daily Life
- 17% Reduction of Pain Level
- 25% Reduction in Depression (PHQ-9)
- 27% Reduction in Anxiety (GAD-7)
The interim analysis was exhibited as a poster presentation at the British Pain Society Annual Scientific Conference in Harrogate, May 2016. The full poster, which also details significant clinical outcomes for Pathway through Pain participants, can be found here:
Reference: Pimm, J., Maloney, C., Woods, N., Pickering, S., Watsham, E., Coote, L., Nayoan, J., Khalsa, R., & Sirhan, F. (May, 2016). An evaluation of a web-based pain management programme ‘Pathway Through Pain’: an interim analysis. British Pain Society Annual Conference 2016, Harrogate
71% of patients who take the online course say they find it helpful with only 3% finding it unhelpful.
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