ESCAPE-pain goes national

Article courtesy of Health Innovation Network

ESCAPE-pain is an evidence-based rehabilitation programme for older people with chronic knee and/or hip pain/osteoarthritis. It integrates exercise, education, and self-management strategies to dispel inappropriate health beliefs, alter behaviour, and encourage regular physical activity. Participants attend 12 sessions twice weekly for 6 weeks, in groups of about 8-12 participants.

ESCAPE-pain has been shown to:

  • Reduce pain, improve physical function and mental wellbeing, and improve health beliefs.
  • Sustain benefits for up to two and a half years after completing the programme.
  • Reduce healthcare utilisation (medication, GP appointments, secondary care) equating to an estimated £1.5 million total savings in health and social care for every 1,000 participants who undertake ESCAPE-pain.

To hear direct from participants, visit the personal stories page on our website.

The ESCAPE-pain programme was developed by Professor Mike Hurley and is hosted by the Health Innovation Network. Nationwide scale-up is currently being supported by NHS England and Versus Arthritis.

How to find and refer into a local class

ESCAPE-pain offers an opportunity to reduce the number of GP consultations for knee and hip pain and reduces prescriptions of painkillers for this group.

The programme is currently available in over 200 sites across the UK in a variety of venues from hospital physiotherapy departments to leisure centres and gyms, from church halls to community centres. Over 11,000 people have attended the programme, with GP referrals being the predominant route for people to access a class.

Find a local class here. For SystmOne users there is a link to ESCAPE-pain on the Osteoarthritis resources tab.

If ESCAPE-pain is not available in your area, email to get it started.


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