Links between perceived general practitioner support and the wellbeing of Australian patients with persistent pain

Mitra, Farzana, and Woolley, Torres (2020) Links between perceived general practitioner support and the wellbeing of Australian patients with persistent pain. Australian Family Physician, 49 (4). pp. 221-225.

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Abstract

Background and objective: Approximately one-fifth of the population have persistent pain of moderate-to-severe intensity, which affects patients physically, mentally, psychosocially and financially. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between self‑reported wellbeing of patients with persistent pain attending a pain clinic and perceptions of care from general practitioners (GPs) and other treating health professionals.

Methods: Patients with persistent pain completed a self-administered survey.

Results: Overall, only 29 (35%) patients with persistent pain were satisfied with their overall wellbeing, with a positive sense of wellbeing solely predicted by a belief that their GPs are 'treating their problem sympathetically' (P = 0.001; prevalence odds ratio = 5.4; 95% confidence interval: 1.9, 14.9). Voluntarily disclosed free-form comments from patients with persistent pain also appear to indicate that GP-managed pain clinics may be able to provide a more consistent level of support and care to patients with persistent pain than other practice settings.

Discussion: These findings suggest psychological support provided by GPs is an important factor for the maintenance of a positive sense of wellbeing for patients with persistent pain.

Item ID: 62988
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0300-8495
Copyright Information: © The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners 2020
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2020 00:53
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920299 Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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