ePPOC is a program which aims to improve services and outcomes for people experiencing chronic pain. It involves specialist pain services collecting a standard set of information to measure outcomes for their patients as a result of treatment. Deidentified information is sent to ePPOC for analysis, and results are fed back to participating services every six months. The information collected by services will also be used to develop a national benchmarking system to set goals and identify best practice within the sector, and will allow a coordinated approach to research into the management of chronic pain in Australasia. ePPOC is an initiative of the Faculty of Pain Medicine, supported by the Australian Pain Society, PainAustralia and the wider pain sector. It was launched in 2013 with a small number of pain management services trialling the measures and processes, and is being progressively rolled out to other services throughout Australia and New Zealand.
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