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Referral criteria

Criteria common to all programmes are:

  • Pain related disability for three months duration or more
  • A willingness and commitment to work in a group setting
  • Basic command of written and spoken English
  • No further investigations or treatment planned

Criteria according to programmes are as follows:

Inclusion criteria

Get Back Active (three full days per week programme or six evening sessions)

  • Pain having an impact on quality of life
  • Off work or low level of productivity at home, if working may have had significant periods of sick leave in the last year.
  • Able to walk independently for periods of five minutes without a rest.

Balanced Life (this runs for three half days per week for three weeks)

  • Pain has a significant impact on quality of life
  • May be socially isolated
  • May have a very sedentary lifestyle
  • May be using a walking aid to mobilise
  • May not be able to walk for five minutes uninterrupted
  • Off work or low productivity at home
  • May experience depression or other mental health problems.

Exclusion criteria

  • Active psychosis
  • Actively suicidal
  • Substance misuse or prescription drug misuse
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Patients with pain which is non-musculoskeletal (e.g. headaches)
  • Patients under 18 years of age

Making a referral

Referrals are accepted from Oxford Pain Management Centre, consultants within the musculoskeletal directorate at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre and the Oxfordshire Musculoskeletal triage and Interface Clinic. GPs from outside of Oxfordshire can make a direct referral.

Please note, although rationalisation of medication is discussed, there is currently not the facility to change patients’ drug regimes during the programme other than by liaison with patients GPs or with the referring clinician.