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Title: Assessment of Adults Experiencing Chronic Non-Cancer Pain: A Randomized Trial of Group Versus Individual Format at an Australian Tertiary Pain Service.
Authors: Smith, Natalie
Jordan, Meredith
White, Ruth
Bowman, Jenny
Hayes, C 
Issue Date: Feb-2016
Source: Pain medicine (Malden, Mass.) 2016-02; 17(2): 278-94
Abstract: To compare the outcomes of a new group assessment format with conventional individual assessment. A randomized controlled trial. An Australian tertiary hospital multidisciplinary pain service. Adults referred with chronic non-cancer pain. Following attendance at an education and orientation group, 211 participants were randomized to either a group assessment format (focused on supported self-assessment) or individual assessment. Follow-up occurred 3 months post-assessment and prior to subsequent pain service intervention. Outcome measures were pain intensity, pain interference, self-efficacy, psychological distress, health care utilization beyond the pain service, waiting time, participant satisfaction, and implementation of self-management strategies. Seventy-two participants undertook group assessment and 90 were assessed individually. Follow-up data were collected on 57 group and 72 individual assessment participants. Results revealed no significant differences between the two assessment formats in outcome with the exception of wait-times. Median wait-time to the first offer of assessment was 47 days for the group format and 144 days for individual. Group assessment provides a viable alternative to conventional individual assessment. The group assessment reduced wait-times while delivering otherwise comparable outcomes.
DOI: 10.1093/pm/pnv048
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Journal Title: Pain medicine (Malden, Mass.)
Type: Comparative Study
Journal Article
Randomized Controlled Trial
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