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Papers: 13 Jul 2019 - 19 Jul 2019

Human Studies

2019 Aug

Br J Pain



The National Pain Audit for specialist pain services in England and Wales 2010-2014.


Price C, de C Williams AC, Smith BH, Bottle A
Br J Pain. 2019 Aug; 13(3):185-193.
PMID: 31308943.


Numerous reports highlight variations in pain clinic provision between services, particularly in the provision of multidisciplinary services and length of waiting times. A National Audit aims to identify and quantify these variations, to facilitate raising standards of care in identified areas of need. This article describes a Quality Improvement Programme cycle covering England and Wales that used such an approach to remedy the paucity of data on the current state of UK pain clinics.