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Activating Pain Management Waiting Lists

  • Research type

    Research Study

  • Full title

    Activating Pain Management Waiting Lists: Optimising Pre-Clinic Pain Management by Exploring the Attitudes and Desires of Patients for Intervention Delivery on COVID-impacted Waitlists



  • Contact name

    Katherine A. Finlay

  • Contact email

  • Sponsor organisation

    University of Reading

  • Duration of Study in the UK

    1 years, 0 months, 1 days

  • Research summary

    Since COVID-19, service pressures on the NHS have significantly increased. This project aims to explore how time spent on a waiting list before attendance at Pain Management Services could be activated to encourage patients toward pain self-management whilst awaiting treatment. An exploratory, mixed-methods study is proposed, establishing the groundwork for future intervention development. Patients on Pain management Programme (PMP) waiting lists at the Royal Berkshire Hospital will be approached as two cohorts: (1) at the start (after referral); or (2) the end of waiting lists (pre-pain management programme). They will complete in-depth, qualitative, semi-structured interviews exploring their capability, opportunity, and motivation to engage in pain self-management whilst on the waiting list and their recommendations for a waiting list intervention (style, content, and delivery). Interviews will be analysed using a dual approach with participant themes mapped against health behaviour change targets. The early cohort will be tracked quantitively for physical/mental health status, level of patient activation and pain self-efficacy, until PMP attendance. Tracking will evidence pre-PMP functional/mental health declines and identify the optimum timepoint for waiting list intervention delivery. This study is intended to explore how activating waiting lists could respond to increased service pressures and prime PMP outcomes through innovating for future patient-centred, tailored care delivery.

  • REC name

    North West - Preston Research Ethics Committee

  • REC reference


  • Date of REC Opinion

    8 Jun 2022

  • REC opinion

    Further Information Favourable Opinion