Chronic pain has a considerable impact on the quality of life
for many people in Scotland. Approximately 800,000 people across
Scotland are affected by chronic pain to varying degrees and it can
result in significant suffering for both those directly affected
and those close to them.
Between 2007 and 2014 Healthcare Improvement Scotland completed
a programme of work to review chronic pain services across Scotland
and make recommendations for service improvement.
In December 2007 we published the Getting to GRIPS
report (Getting Relevant Information on Pain Services). This
report was the result of benchmarking chronic pain services in
partnership with NHS boards, patients and service providers.
As a result of the GRIPS Report, the Scottish Government
accepted the recommendation that chronic pain should be recognised
as a long term condition in its own right. Following this we
published an update report on chronic pain services in Scotland in
In 2013, the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing
announced the need to accelerate improvement across all levels of
chronic pain care. To understand and analyse the current care
provision in Scotland, a data collection exercise was undertaken by
Healthcare Improvement Scotland between September and November
Based on the findings of this exercise our final report Chronic
Pain Services in Scotland: Where Are We Now?’ makes key
recommendations for improvements in chronic pain services across
Scotland, to be achieved by 2016.
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