ESCAPE-pain is a rehabilitation programme for people with chronic joint pain that integrates educational self-management and coping strategies with an exercise regimen individualised for each participant. It helps people understand their condition, teaches them simple things they can help themselves with, and takes them through a progressive exercise programme so they learn how to cope with pain better.
ESCAPE-pain offers two programmes:
- ESCAPE-pain for knees and hips: designed to benefit people with chronic knee or hip pain
- ESCAPE-pain for backs: designed to benefit people with chronic low back pain.
Tips for supporting ESCAPE-pain participants during COVID-19 outbreak
We'd like to remind you of the availability of the ESCAPE-pain digital support tools which replicate the face-to-face programme and are free to use.
ESCAPE-pain Online is the web-based version of the ESCAPE-pain app. It can be accessed here and viewed on a computer or a variety of mobile devices, but you don't need to have a smart phone.
ESCAPE-pain app is available on Android smartphones and tablets by searching 'escape pain app' on Google Play
Both tools take the users through a six-week programme, with two sessions per week, each containing:
- Exercise videos with simple, easy to follow exercises with clear instructions that were developed so people could do the exercises safely in their homes;
- Educational videos with engaging animations giving simple advice and information to help people understand how to better manage their condition;
- Individual progress chart to track their improvement over time.
We recommend you read through our ESCAPE-pain support tools guidance which contains our top tips for getting the best out of the ESCAPE-pain support tools before deciding which one you'd prefer to use.
New video resources available for ESCAPE-pain facilitators
We're very pleased to share new footage for the ESCAPE-pain knee and hip programme. The footage is a collaboration between the Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria, North West Coast Innovation Agency, and the Health Innovation Network.
It is a 10-session abridged version of the ESCAPE-pain programme using videos. The videos have been designed to give people access to the programme during the current COVID-19 restrictions. These sessions will only be available online until face-to-face sessions are able to be delivered at physical venues once more. Please note they are only available for use by trained ESCAPE-pain facilitators based at ESCAPE-pain sites that were delivering face-to-face classes prior to lockdown.
For information on how to access the videos please read more on our COVID-19 Support page.
Celebrating the ESCAPE-pain programme
To honour the ESCAPE-pain national programme we are sharing four new video case studies from participants around the country, who along with thousands of other people, have made positive improvements to their lives as a result of completing the programme. Here from Ann, Ray, Eileen and John how their lives have changed.
For more videos and case studies visit our Personal Stories page.
Our colleagues at Versus Arthritis have produced an ESCAPE-pain animation to celebrate the programme and our partnership. Have a look to see what we've been up to.
Remember to use the #LiveBetterDoMore hashtag when tweeting or sharing any participant feedback. We'd love to hear more from you so if you have any personal stories to share and would like to tell us about your experience of the ESCAPE-pain programme or app email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 11 August 2020: ESCAPE-pain included in a respositary of interventions, Online Osteoarthritis Management Programmes, identified by the Joint Effort Initiative Implementation Group (endorsed by Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI)) as a response to the covid-19 situation. The repository provides stakeholders and organisations with access to online, evidence based, international OA management programmes (OAMPs). The repository provides solutions for healthcare professionals seeking to access and signpost patients with OA to remote, high-quality programmes that do not require face to face contact. It also provides healthcare practitioner resources for online training in delivering OA management programmes.
- 28 May 2020: ESCAPE-pain is mentioned in ‘Understanding the provision of occupational health and work-related musculoskeletal services’ (page 37). The report presents the findings from research commissioned by the Work and Health Unit (WHU), to map the current provision of occupational health (OH) in the UK and review work-related musculoskeletal (MSK) services in the NHS.
- 4 May 2020: Read our newly published Spring Newsletter.
- 4 May 2020: Read our full report on 'Scaling-up ESCAPE-pain: An evaluation of an AHSN Network national programme', produced by Dr Andrew Walker, the programme's Deputy Clinical Director. The purpose of the evaluation was to investigate the factors influencing the national spread of ESCAPE-pain, to build knowledge about the theory and practice of implementing interventions at scale within healthcare settings. Short on time? Read the summary version here.
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Page last reviewed: 13 August 2020. Page last updated: 13 August 2020. Next review date: 1 October 2020