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Improving health services for people with musculoskeletal chest pain

14 months
Approved budget:
Dr Ewan Kennedy
Dr Daniel Ribeiro
Professor Garry Nixon
Ms Katrina Bryant
Professor Timothy Stokes
Professor Gerard Wilkins
Mr Stephen August
Health issue:
Proposal type:
Health Delivery Research Activation Grant
Lay summary
We propose activities to improve health services for people with musculoskeletal chest pain. Chest pain is a common reason to see a doctor and is not always a heart attack. Musculoskeletal causes are recognised as the second most common cause of chest pain, yet there is a surprising lack of international research on this condition. For example, no clinical trials to guide management. Observational research and the experience of our team indicates that physiotherapy is likely to be effective. The research activation activity we propose is to build the foundation of prevalence data, relationships and processes required to perform a clinical trial comparing medical and physiotherapy care of musculoskeletal chest pain. This will involve a retrospective case notes review of the prevalence of musculoskeletal chest pain in key clinics, then engaging further with these clinics to scope a pathway for the physiotherapy management of musculoskeletal chest pain.