Developing the evidence and associated service models to support older people living with frailty to manage their pain and to reduce its impact on their lives: a mixed method, co-design study.


The Pain in Older People with Frailty (POPPY) study is a mixed-method, co-design study, which aims to develop the content, implementation strategies, service and professional guidance to support older adults with frailty to manage their pain.

The study has four phases: Phase 1, research evidence and information synthesis from randomised controlled trials of multicomponent pain management programmes and psychological therapies for community-dwelling older adults. Phase 2, qualitative interviews with community-dwelling older adults (≥75 years) living with frailty and persistent pain, including dyadic interviews with a spouse or unpaid carer. Phase 3, qualitative interviews with healthcare professionals (HCPs) working within various pain service types. Phase 4, co-design workshops with older adults, HCPs and commissioners. Study oversight is provided from a patient and public involvement (PPI) group and an independent steering committee.

The final outputs will draw on all layers of stakeholder work. Outputs will be a synthesis of processes and guidance for designing, commissioning and implementing pain management services for older adults with frailty, within different service contexts.


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