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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-19302: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 9 October 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-13509 by Aileen Campbell on 11 January 2018, what funding it provided toward the research project in (a) 2017-18 and (b) 2018-19; how many researchers are participating, and what progress has been made.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 6 November 2018

Further to the answer to question S5W-13509, in 2018-19 a final payment of £87,500 has been made in support of this work.

The answer to S5W-14264 on 23 February 2018, clarified that due to data protection laws and the very small number of research posts involved, the Scottish Government cannot release information that could lead to individuals being identified, which would breach their right to privacy.

The following summarises progress against the activities set out in the answer to question S5W-13509:

Consultation on the Core Minimum Dataset (CMD) is now complete. Recent progress, including responses to the consultation exercise, is available at http://www.nhsresearchscotland.org.uk/research-areas/pain/sub-page-2

The Scottish Government is currently liaising with the project team and NHS Information Services Division (ISD) to agree how the Core Minimum Dataset and Quality Performance Indicators will become part of routinely collected data that is reported by ISD.

The evidence-based guideline for the Management of Chronic Pain in Children and Adolescents is now published at https://beta.gov.scot/publications/management-chronic-pain-children-young-people/pages/14/

The systematic review of interventions to support the reduction of opioid treatment is in progress, as part of the implementation of the Scottish Chronic Pain Prescribing Strategy https://www.therapeutics.scot.nhs.uk/pain/ . This will provide standalone guidance for prescribers to support discussions with patients about withdrawing from opioid drugs where this is safe and appropriate. This resource is also being used to update the opioids section of the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network – Guideline-136.

Updates on the work of the Scottish Pain Research Community can be found at https://www.nhsresearchscotland.org.uk/research-areas/pain .