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a man taking medication imageJanuary 24 2018

A new study will look at how the wellbeing of patients with non-malignant pain being treated long-term with opioids can be improved. 

The trial will assess how “existing GP care, plus a self-help booklet and relaxation CD” compares to “GP care plus a specifically designed group and one to one support programme developed at Warwick Medical School with input from the collaborative study team.”

The ‘I-WOTCH’ study (‘Improving the Wellbeing of people with Opioid Treated CHronic pain) will recruit 468 patients across primary care – 100 general practices as well as pain/musculoskeletal services – in North East England, London and the West Midlands, and is being supported by the National Institute for Health Research.

Dr Harbinder Sandhu, associate professor, Warwick Medical School, is one of the co-leads. “Evidence suggests that opioids are only effective in the short term and patients take them long term then need to manage a range of side effects and can suffer devastating withdrawal symptoms,” he said. “However, in the UK, reports indicate that between 2000-2010 prescriptions of opioids for non-cancer pain increased by 466% and in 2015 there were 16 million opioid prescriptions costing over £200 million.

“Structured, group-based, psycho-educational self-management interventions help people to better manage their daily lives with a long-term condition, including persistent pain, but few of these have specifically targeted patients considering opioid withdrawal.

“There are substantial potential benefits to individuals and to the health and social care system from reducing opioid use. Despite an overwhelming message of restraint, opioid prescribing continues to increase. This is in spite of guidelines on the prescription of opioids being produced in many countries including the British Pain Society guidelines ‘Opioids for Persistent Pain Good Practice’.”

Links:
NIHR announcement   
NIHR Journals Library – ‘Improving the Wellbeing of people with Opioid Treated CHronic pain; I-WOTCH’ information            

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