Specialist in Family and Community Medicine, Diploma in the Treatment of Chronic Pain, Catholic University of Valencia, San Vicente Mártir, Spain
Received Date: March 13, 2017; Accepted Date: April 28, 2017; Published Date: April 30, 2017
Citation: Alegre AM (2017) Relations Primary/Specialized Attention: The Role of the Referents (Primary Care Pain Program "Referent in Pain"). Epidemiology (Sunnyvale) 7:306. doi:10.4172/2161-1165.1000306
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There has always been an important limitation in the information between primary care and specialized care, to such an extent that they did not know what others were doing. The new information systems (Abucassis, Pangea, Syas, etc.) wanted to improve this situation but in no case achieved a direct interaction between the health interlocutors of a patient nor did it serve as a learning tool for the teams. These situations generate lists of long waits and not being able to distinguish the urgent from the so urgent except by the individual criterion of the referrer. It is in this scenario when a promising project arises under the YAYO program, which is the implementation of the referral figure of pain in A. Primary, with specific training and interest in the subject and with direct relation with the hospital service of reference.
Pain; Primary care; Specialized care
To carry out a pilot project, proposing the circuits and tools used in the "REFERENTE EN DOLOR" program in a primary and its relations with the rest of therapeutic equipment (nursing, rehabilitators, pharmacists, social workers, etc.) as a multidisciplinary action tool in seeking the improvement of the patient and, above all, his quality of life (Figure 1).
Guillem de Castro was the first health center where this project was started, the doctor "Referent" being Dr. Pedro Ibor and collaborating as senders the rest of professionals of the center. The pilot program was implemented from September 2009 to February 2010 with a total number of patients cared for 80. In consultation twice a week (Figures 2).
Referrals to the Pain Unit of the General Hospital of Valencia were 5 (6.25%), for the following reasons: 3 patients for neuropathic pain, one fibromyalgia in a young patient and one patient with pluripathologic somatic pain, following referral criteria previously.
Consensuated, convenes in Specialized Unit in <1 week. During the program period, the referent trained in the area of pain in the Hospital Unit.
The overall perception of improvement of care in pain of the professionals was very good communicating the patients a high degree of satisfaction.