EOPIC

EOPIC: Engaging with Older People to develop and deliver Interventions for the self-management of Chronic pain

Taking a multi-disciplinary approach that emphasised the interconnections between chronic pain, physical and emotional functioning, material resources and social aspects of the everyday lives of older adults, the project comprised five phases of research: (1) Investigation of the attitudes and approaches adopted by general practitioners, primary care teams, pain clinics and older adults towards pain management in older age; (2) Assessment of the acceptability, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of self-management strategies; (3) Measurement of the economic consequences of pain in later life; (4) Development of working prototypes of new, innovative materials (e.g. written and audiovisual, including web-based resources) that help older adults to live with pain in the community; and (5) Exploration of effective and cost-effective ways to disseminate and deliver newly developed materials.

Outcome and Translation

The programme of work enhanced the evidence base on the beliefs, attitudes and economic consequences of pain in older populations, to allow improved service provision.

HERU researchers involved in this research project: Paul McNamee and Dwayne Boyers

External collaborators: B Smith (University of Dundee); A Clarke, D Jones (University of Northumbria); P Schofield (University of Greenwich); D Martin (University of Teesside )

Publications

Schofield, P., Clarke, A., Jones, D., Martin, D., McNamee, P. and Smith, B. (2011) 'Chronic pain in later life: a review of current issues and challenges', Aging Health, 7(4), 551-556.

Clarke, A., Anthony, G., Gray, D., Jones, D., McNamee, P., Schofield, P., Smith, B.H. and Martin, D. (2012) '"I feel so stupid because I can't give a proper answer ..." How older adults describe chronic pain: a qualitative study', BMC Geriatrics, 12.

Boyers, D., McNamee, P., Clarke, A., Jones, D., Martin, D., Schofield, P. and Smith, B. H. (2013) 'Cost-effectiveness of self-management methods for the treatment of chronic pain in an aging adult population: a systematic review of the literature', Clinical Journal of Pain, 29(4), 366-375.

Schofield, P., Smith, B. H., Martin, D., Jones, D., Clarke, A., McNamee, P., Marsh, R., Morrison, M., Morrison, R., Fowler, S., Anthony, G. and Stewart, C. (2014) 'Systematically searching for and assessing the literature for self-management of chronic pain: a lay users' perspective', BMC Geriatrics, 14(1), 86.

Clarke, A., Martin, D., Jones, D., Schofield, P., Anthony, G., McNamee, P., Gray, D. and Smith, B.H. (2014) ' "I try and smile, I try and be cheery, I try not to be pushy. I try to say 'I'm here for help' but I leave feeling... worried": a qualitative study of perceptions of interactions with health professionals by community-based older adults with chronic pain', PLoS One, 9(9), e105450.

McNamee, P. and Mendolia, S. (2014) 'The effect of chronic pain on life satisfaction: evidence from Australian data', Social Science & Medicine, 121c, 65-73.

Geneen, L. J., Martin, D. J., Adams, N., Clarke, C., Dunbar, M., Jones, D., McNamee, P., Schofield, P. and Smith, B. H. (2015) 'Effects of education to facilitate knowledge about chronic pain for adults: a systematic review with meta-analysis', Systematic Reviews, 4, 132.

 

Presentations

Boyers, D. EOPIC project team (Smith, B., Schofield, P., Gray, D., Clarke, A., McNamee, P., Martin, D., Jones, D. and Roche, P.) (2010) 'EOPIC: Engaging with older people and their carers to develop interventions for the self-management of chronic pain' [Poster], Life Long Health and Well Being Research Retreat, Newcastle, October 2010.

Boyers, D. (on behalf of the EOPIC project team - Smith, B., Schofield, P., Gray, D., Clarke, A., McNamee, P., Martin, D., Jones, D. and Roche, P.) (2010) 'Self-management interventions for older adults with chronic pain: a systematic review of the cost-effectiveness literature', Life Long Health and Well Being Research Retreat, Newcastle, October 2010.

Boyers, D., McNamee, P., Schofield, P., Martin, D., Jones, D., Clarke, A. and Smith, B. (2011) 'Cost-effectiveness of self-management of chronic pain in older adults: a systematic review', Life-Long Health & Well-Being Conference, University of Newcastle, November 2011.

McNamee, P. (2012) 'Economic consequences of chronic pain in older age', Monash University, Melbourne, May 2012.

Clarke, A., Jones, D., Martin, D., McNamee, P., Schofield, P. and Smith, B. (2012) 'Engaging with older people and their carers to develop interventions for the self-management of chronic pain', Life-Long Health & Well-Being Conference, University of Edinburgh, December 2012.

Ma, A., Skatun, D., McNamee, P., Clarke, A., Jones, D., Martin, D., Schofield, P. and Smith, BH. (2013) 'The labour market outcomes of chronic pain', Scottish Pain Research Community (SPaRC) Annual Scientific Meeting, West Park Conference Centre, Dundee, March 2013.

McNamee, P. (2013) 'Chronic pain in older age and compensating income variation: how important are psycho-social factors', ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) International Conference, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, July 2013.

McNamee, P. and Mendolia, S. (2014) 'The effect of chronic pain on life satisfaction: evidence from Australia', Health Economists' Study Group, Sheffield, 8-10 January 2014.