iCare Early Intervention Pain Management Model Pilot [Funded by Agency for Clinical Innovation; Total Awarded: $200,000]

  • Schofield, Deborah (Primary Chief Investigator)

Project: Research

Project Details


• This pilot study aims to establish and evaluate a means of delivering evidence based multidisciplinary pain assessment and management to injured workers as soon as it is identified that return to work is likely to be complex as a result of pain. This is an early intervention before the pain becomes chronic and offers a holistic approach to addressing the bio psychosocial determinants of pain. Access to multidisciplinary early intervention of this kind has never been available before, but extrapolating from preliminary research indicates that successful return to work is more likely if identification of individuals and appropriate treatment are implemented before 3 months has elapsed – that is before the pain has become chronic.
• This is a proposal for the Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) Pain Management Network to work with icare to develop an innovative, evidence-based early intervention pain management service model for injured workers with chronic pain. The model will facilitate early access to specially trained multi-disciplinary teams currently not accessible in conjunction with the injured workers’ workplaces. It will test early intervention approaches to reduce the numbers of workers developing chronic pain and increase the numbers of worker who learn to live with pain and successfully participate in everyday life including employment.
Effective start/end date1/05/1831/12/20