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 2011-2012 from new patients who consented to participate at the clinics.