Journal article

Testing a support programme for opioid reduction for people with chronic non-malignant pain: the I-WOTCH randomised controlled trial protocol

Harbinder K Sandhu, Charles Abraham, Sharisse Alleyne, Shyam Balasubramanian, Lauren Betteley, Katie Booth, Dawn Carnes, Andrea D Furlan, Kirstie Haywood, Cynthia Paola Iglesias Urrutia, Ranjit Lall, Andrea Manca, Dipesh Mistry, Vivien P Nichols, Jennifer Noyes, Anisur Rahman, Kate Seers, Jane Shaw, Nicole KY Tang, Stephanie Taylor Show all

BMJ Open | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2019


INTRODUCTION: Chronic non-malignant pain has a major impact on the well-being, mood and productivity of those affected. Opioids are increasingly prescribed to manage this type of pain, but with a risk of other disabling symptoms, when their effectiveness has been questioned. This trial is designed to implement and evaluate a patient-centred intervention targeting withdrawal of strong opioids in people with chronic pain. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: A pragmatic, multicentre, randomised controlled trial will assess the clinical and cost-effectiveness of a group-based multicomponent intervention combined with individualised clinical facilitator led support for the management of chronic non-malignant p..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This project is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (46), Health Technology Assessment (HTA) (project number 14/224/04). The views and opinions expressed therein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the HTA, NIHR, NHS or the Department of Health.