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Growing role for pharmacists in Scotland’s chronic pain services

Scotland correspondent


Pharmacists are playing a growing role in chronic pain services, according to a review of pain management service provision by Healthcare Improvement Scotland.

The review found that all NHS boards in Scotland have a chronic pain service but that services vary between boards. This variation appears to be a result of how services have evolved.

Variation also exists in terms of the development of multidisciplinary teams. Although involvement of healthcare professionals other than doctors in chronic pain services has improved since 2007, not all disciplines are involved in all boards. Of 14 health boards, only two — NHS Fife and NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde — have pharmacists as members of dedicated chronic pain teams.

However, the report concludes: "Pharmacy is taking on a growing role in service provision and in spring 2013 there will be a pharmacy poster campaign aimed at raising awareness through community pharmacies across Scotland."

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 11110627

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