Author(s): Dewar AL, Gregg K, White MI, Lander J
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Abstract A new framework is needed for patients with chronic pain and their primary care physicians that acknowledges the individual's experiences and provides evidence-informed education and better linkages to community-based resources. This study describes the experience of 19 chronic-pain sufferers who seek relief via the health care system. Their experiences were recorded through in-depth semistructured interviews and analyzed through qualitative methods. The participants reported early optimism, then disillusionment, and finally acceptance of living with chronic pain. Both individuals with chronic pain and their health care professionals need evidence-informed resources and information on best practices to assist them to manage pain. Empathetic communication between health care professionals and individuals with chronic pain is crucial because insensitive communication negatively affects the individual, reduces treatment compliance and increases health care utilization.
This article was published in Chronic Dis Can
and referenced in Journal of Gerontology & Geriatric Research