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Multidisciplinary Treatment Programs for Patients with Chronic Non-Malignant Pain: A Review of Clinical Effectiveness, Cost-Effectiveness, and Guidelines

Last updated: June 22, 2017
Project Number: RC0894-000
Product Line: Rapid Response
Research Type: Devices and Systems
Report Type: Summary with Critical Appraisal
Result type: Report

Question

  1. What is the clinical effectiveness of multidisciplinary treatment programs for patients with chronic, non-malignant pain in outpatient settings?
  2. What is the cost-effectiveness of multidisciplinary treatment programs for patients with chronic, non-malignant pain in outpatient settings?
  3. What are the evidence-based guidelines regarding multidisciplinary treatment programs for patients with chronic, non-malignant pain in outpatient settings?

Key Message

The evidence suggests that the multidisciplinary management of chronic non-malignant pain showed modest improvement for specific outcomes measured. No relevant cost-effectiveness studies of multidisciplinary treatment programs, for patients with chronic, non-malignant pain in outpatient settings, were identified. Three guidelines recommended multidisciplinary treatment for management of chronic non-malignant pain under specific circumstances.