Description of Medical ServiceThe Chronic Pain MedsCheck Trial assessed the effectiveness of a pharmacist-led, patient-centred service to support patients that are taking medication to manage chronic pain, and that are identified as experiencing self-management or pain medication dependency issues.
The trial compared two service models of review, assessment and support; one model had two clinical consultations and the second model had three clinical consultations.
Description of Medical ConditionThe trial recruited participants who:
- attended a community pharmacy
- were over the age of 18
- held a valid Medicare card and/or Department of Veterans’ Affairs card
- were living at home in a community setting
- had suffered from chronic pain for three months or longer
- had not had a Home Medicines Review, MedsCheck, Diabetes MedsCheck or Chronic Pain MedsCheck within the previous 12 months
- had been taking medication (prescription or over the counter) for their pain
- were identified by a community pharmacist as either experiencing self-management or dependency issues, and
- were not a current client of a recognised Pain Management Service.
Reason for applicationThe 6CPA provided funding to support a Pharmacy Trial Program (PTP), which seeks to improve clinical outcomes for patients and/or utilise the full scope of a pharmacist’s role in delivering primary health care services.
The outcomes of all PTP Trials will undergo an independent Health Technology Assessment (HTA) to determine the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the trial intervention and inform decisions about any broader rollout. A decision to fund any future programs would be a matter for Government.
Information on the PTP is available on the Department of Health’s website.
Medical Service TypeTherapeutic technology
Previous Application NumberNot applicable
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