The Community Pain Treatment Team

Tuesday, 05 April 2005 15:16


Using the Community Mental Health Team as a model and the aims as outlined in the NSF Mental Health, the aims of the CPTT would be to deliver care which offers:

CSAG guidelines for back pain emphasised a biopsychosocial approach to management. Primary care was identified as having a pivotal role.

The CSAG also stated that if patients have not returned to work within 3 months, primary care management has failed and chronic pain and disability are likely. It therefore seems logical to suggest a referral at or around 3 months after the initial presentation with pain if no progress has been achieved.

However, in certain conditions, it may be appropriate to refer sooner, in order to allow for baseline assessment whilst the patient remains relatively ?well' rather than wait for crisis to occur, in conditions such as post-stroke pain (thalamic pain), or others in which there are obvious risk factors for chronicity.

With these aims in mind, the proposed team would comprise: