Persistent (chronic) pain is a widespread problem which cannot always be resolved by available medical and physical treatments. Pain management programmes (PMPs) aim to restore to as normal as possible the lives of people affected by persistent noncancer pain.
The functions of this document are:
To provide a set of standards of care and guidelines for provision of programmes of rehabilitation to improve health outcomes.
To provide healthcare professionals (HCPs) of various disciplines with a synthesis of current best practice.
To provide commissioners and provider organisations with an outline framework for effective and sustainable service provision.
To update stakeholders on the scientific foundation of practice and quality issues relating to this treatment.