On the 7th December 2016, talkhealth, the CPPC and John Cryer MP published new research, which helped to illuminate chronic pain patients’ thoughts on their medications and their relationship with their healthcare provider.
The CPPC has been campaigning alongside its Parliamentary Champions, for chronic pain patients to get access to annual reviews with a health professional, particularly those on strong opioids; this research helps to reinforce the CPPC’s assertion that there is a cohort of patients are not currently getting access to regular monitoring or review. For other articles about the CPPC’s campaign on annual checks, please see the related articles list to the right.
The CPPC event, that took place with support from the All-Part Parliamentary Health Group, was centred on pain management in primary care and heard from both CPPC Parliamentary Champions, Lord Luce, a Crossbench Peer, and John Cryer MP, Labour MP for Leyton and Wanstead.
The room was filled with important figures from a variety of charities, trade bodies, industry and interested parliamentarians. The panel consisted of Chair, Peter Dowd MP, Dr Martin Johnson, Co-chair of the CPPC, Emma Davies, Advanced Pharmacy Practitioner in Pain Management, Peter Moore, co-author of the Pain Toolkit and Heather Wallace, Chair of the board of trustees at Pain Concern.
Dr Martin Johnson began the event with giving an overview of general practice and then went on to reveal the data from the talkhealth and CPPC survey. The survey had a total of 1,027 participants.
The research found, perhaps unsurprisingly, that 87% of respondents said their GP was normally the healthcare provider that helped them manage their chronic pain. Further, 51% of respondents said that they didn’t feel that their GP knew how to treat their chronic pain. With 27% of participants also saying that they had not had a review in over a year, and 12% of those, felt that they had never had a review by their doctor, it is clear that a more consistent approach is needed to avoid patients feeling that they are coping with their pain management alone or going without adequate information or monitoring. The talkhealth and CPPC team are working together to delve deeper into some of these figures and hope to release further results over the coming months, which may help to push forward effective policy changes.
These current figures do demonstrate, however, that there is significant room for improvement regarding patient confidence in GPs and that GPs plays a crucial role in the life of someone living with chronic pain.
A transcript of the event will be published over the coming days. Should you wish to see further information regarding the data collected, please download the PDF to the right.
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