The National Pain Audit was initiated to collect detailed data from specialist services in England and Wales which treat patients with chronic and persistent pain. The audit aims to improve NHS services for people affected by chronic and persistent pain and has successfully established a national data collection system which enables services to monitor patient outcomes and record detailed case mix data.
Areas of data collection include patient case mix data, demographic data, patient reported outcome measures, patient satisfaction measures, patients ability to work, diagnosis, treatments and organisational data describing the structure, staffing and facilities available from individual pain services and clinics.
The Audit covers services based in both primary and secondary care settings. Data collected during the period May 2011 to January 2012 from new patients who consented to participate at the clinics.
Data is provided at individual clinic/ provider level. Where possible the minimum, maximum, average and median scores for each data field have been provided. These data sheets do not contain any patient identifiable data.
The data contained in the CSV files were first published in December 2012 in the National Pain Audit 2012 report.
Data from the National Pain Audit requires careful interpretation and the information should not be looked at in isolation when assessing standards of care. Please refer to the data description file and the National Pain audit 2012 report when examining the data file.
Data is provided at individual clinic level and relates to new patients seen during the period May 2011 – Jan 2012 who explicitly consented to participate in the audit. Participating patients were requested to complete both a pre-treatment and post treatment (6 month) patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) questionnaires.
Data from the National Pain Audit for the period 2011/2012 will be made available in CSV file format. The data are also being made available on the DATA.GOV.UK website.
The National Pain Audit data shows case mix data collected at each of the participating clinics. Patient age, sex, diagnosis (ICD10), pain type, source of referral and treatment types are shown.
The National Pain Audit data includes patient reported outcome measures which access the severity of pain and the impact on daily functions. These outcome measures have been recorded prior to treatment and then subsequently 6 months after the patients initial appointment at a specialist NHS pain service. The difference between these scores is referred to as the 'average health gain' and these scores have been calculated in the form of unadjusted and also adjusted scores. The adjusted scores take into account a series of factors such as the case mix at each clinic and have been adjusted so that the figures of different clinics can be directly compared.
The outcome measures are from the following sources: The Brief Pain Inventory short form (severity scores and interference scores have been calculated) and the EuroQol 5D questionnaire.
The data is provided at individual clinic level with the NHS provider (NHS trust or Primary Care Trust) indicated in the appropriate column. Data was collected from participating services.
Data is provided at individual clinic level and relates to new patients seen during the period May 2011 – January 2012 who explicitly consented to participate in the audit. Participating patients were requested to complete both a pre-treatment and post treatment (6 month) patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) questionnaires.