ePPOC is a program that aims to improve services and outcomes for people experiencing persistent pain. It involves specialist pain services collecting a standard set of information to measure outcomes for their patients as a result of treatment. Pain services use the information to triage, monitor and plan treatment for individual clients, and also send non-identifiable information to ePPOC for analysis. The results of these analyses are fed back to participating services every six months, allowing pain management services to assess their results, and compare their patients, services and outcomes to other pain management services. ePPOC also uses the information collected by services for national benchmarking and to develop a coordinated approach to research into the management of chronic pain in Australasia.
ePPOC is an initiative of the Faculty of Pain Medicine, established with funding from the New South Wales Ministry of Health, and supported by key stakeholder bodies. It was launched in 2013 with a small number of pain management services trialling the measures and processes. All other pain management services throughout Australia and New Zealand are now able to participate.
PaedePPOC addresses the differing needs of the paediatric pain management sector. This program allows collection of data items and assessment tools specific to the needs of children, adolescents and their parents.
This report presents data collected by participating pain management units during 2018. Sixty seven adult and nine paediatric pain management services contributed data for this report.
H. Tardif, M. Blanchard, K. Quinsey, M. Bryce, J. White, J. Blacklock & K. Eagar, electronic Persistent Pain Outcomes Collaboration Annual Data Report 2018 (electronic Persistent Pain Outcomes Collaboration, Australian Health Services Research Institute, University of Wollongong, 2019).