Endometriosis UK statement on NICE chronic pain guidelines
Endometriosis UK welcomes the new NICE guideline on Chronic pain (primary and secondary) in over 16s: assessment of all chronic pain and management of chronic primary pain (NG 193) released on 7 April 2021 and reconfirmation of endometriosis as a chronic pain condition. We are pleased to see the definition of chronic pain as pain that lasts 3 months or more, and a clear definition of and distinction between primary and secondary chronic pain.
Emma Cox, CEO of Endometriosis UK said: “It is vital that healthcare practitioners recognise the signs and symptoms of endometriosis, including chronic pelvic pain, so that prompt diagnosis can take place. Only if the pain caused by endometriosis is recognised and endometriosis suspected, can appropriate treatment be accessed. Otherwise, symptoms will persist, and the disease may progress. Once diagnosed, care pathways in line with the NICE guideline on Endometriosis: diagnosis and management (NG 73)can be followed including access to pain management services.”
In addition, this new NICE guideline on chronic pain (primary and secondary) in over 16s: assessment of all chronic pain and management of chronic and primary pain (NG 193), highlights the need to strengthen existing NICE guidance on Endometriosis: Diagnosis and Management (NG 73), which contains limited guidance on pain management.
Endometriosis UK is reviewing the new NICE guideline on chronic pain (primary and secondary) in over 16s: assessment of all chronic pain and management of chronic and primary pain (NG 193), in detail.
You can read the NICE Chronic Pain Guidelines here