Journal article

Waiting in Pain II: An Updated Review of the Provision of Persistent Pain Services in Australia

Malcolm N Hogg, Anthony Kavanagh, Michael J Farrell, Anne LJ Burke

PAIN MEDICINE | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2021

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To provide an update on Australian persistent pain services (number, structure, funding, wait times, activity). METHODS: An updated national search was conducted. Of those identified, 74 persistent pain services provided detailed responses between July 2016 and February 2018 (64 adult, seven pediatric, two pelvic pain, and one cancer pain). A similar structure to the original Waiting in Pain (WIP) survey was used, and participants chose online or telephone completion. RESULTS: Pediatric pain services had more than doubled but remained limited. Adult services had also increased, with a concurrent decrease in median wait times and an increase in the number of new referrals seen each..

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Grants

Awarded by Human Research and Ethics Review Committee of Royal Melbourne Hospital


Funding Acknowledgements

This study was approved by the Human Research and Ethics Review Committee of Royal Melbourne Hospital (HREC QA2016072). Funding was provided by the Australian Pain Society, with additional funding from the Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Management at Royal Melbourne Hospital.