For chronic pain

Irish Independent - Health & Living - - UPDATE -

MORE than one in five peo­ple with mod­er­ate to se­vere chronic pain had their con­di­tion im­proved dur­ing a nurse-led pro­gramme which op­er­ated in Le­in­ster last year.

There was a 60pc re­duc­tion in the pro­por­tion of peo­ple with chronic pain who woke up three to four nights a week be­cause of the level of dis­com­fort.

The pro­gramme, which in­volved Chronic Pain Ire­land, saw pa­tients at­tend­ing a 30-minute face-to-face pain man­age­ment re­view clinic or as­sess­ment with a reg­is­tered nurse. The nurse gave the sup­port and ed­u­ca­tion to help with pain con­trol and as­sessed if the pa­tient needed to see a GP. Prob­lems such as not tak­ing pain med­i­ca­tion and poorly con­trolled pain were high­lighted.

Dr Ruk­shan Goonewar­dena, a GP prin­ci­pal in Bal­ly­james­duff, Ca­van said: “Chronic pain can be dif­fi­cult to as­sess and man­age as there are many fac­tors at play and it af­fects peo­ple in a va­ri­ety of ways. This pro­gramme showed im­prove­ments in pain scores, the pro­por­tion of pa­tients with poorly con­trolled pain, and in the num­ber of work days missed due to pain.

Ac­cord­ing to Dr Goonewar­dena, this demon­strates the im­pact ad­vice and ed­u­ca­tion can have on those with chronic pain. “I highly rec­om­mend this pro­gramme to GPs and prac­tice nurses to im­prove pain con­trol and qual­ity of life in our pa­tients,” he said.

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