A bi-national approach to outcome measurement: a common dataset Dr Carolyn Arnold Director, Caulfield Pain Management and Research Centre, Melbourne, Vic Dr Chris Hayes Director, Hunter Integrated Pain Service, Newcastle, NSW Following a series of recent meetings a consensus “minimum dataset” now has the support of the Faculty of Pain Medicine, Australian Pain Society and New Zealand Pain Society. The proposed dataset is shown below. There is the possibility of slight further modification depending upon resources available to support the project. Domain Minimal measure 1. Pain Intensity Numerical rating scales from Brief Pain Inventory (BPI) 2. Physical Disability Pain interference scales (BPI) ? Roland Morris disability questionnaire 3. Cognitive Pain Self Efficacy Questionnaire (PSEQ) Pain Catastrophising Scale (PCS) 4. Mood Depression Anxiety and Stress Scale (DASS 21) 5. Healthcare utilisation Utilisation over 3 months (GP, specialist, other health professional, emergency department, inpatient days) 6. Medication Daily oral morphine equivalent Number of “analgesic” groups (x / 7) 7. Demographics Postcode, NESB, indigenous, age, gender, site(s), duration, work status, body mass index, multiple morbidities, sight and hearing impairments, literacy 8. Service activity profile Referral rate, clinical sessions, telehealth, waiting times (referral to pre-assessment group or individual clinic assessment), ratio new :review appointments 9. Treatments Individual, group, inpatient – disciplines, procedures, contact hours Data will be collected at baseline (referral), at initial clinic assessment, then at 3 and 6 months post assessment. A “snap shot” capability will allow more detailed analysis for a time limited period eg. a focus on the impact of co-morbidities for 12 months. Examples of existing benchmarking systems with relevance to pain medicine include the Palliative Care Outcome Centre (PCOC) and Australian Rehabilitation Outcome Centre (AROC). Ongoing work aims to develop the business case for a Chronic Pain Outcome Initiative in Australia and New Zealand and lobby for appropriate ongoing funding.