What does the patient with back pain want? A comparison of patient preferences and physician assumptions

Review written by Dr Sarah Haag info

Key Points

  1. Patients and physicians are often frustrated by low back pain.
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BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE

Low back pain is a very common issue and is the leading cause of disability in the world. Both physicians and patients become frustrated when addressing low back pain. This study aimed to evaluate the expectations of patients with low back pain and compare the patient expectations to the assumptions of physicians to assess for any discrepancy.

Low back pain is a very common issue and is the leading cause of disability in the world.
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This study identified that physicians underestimate the value of patients’ desire to understand the cause of their low back pain.

METHODS

Two surveys were utilized. One survey was distributed to consecutive patients at check-in at a physician’s office. The survey included demographic information and eight questions about variables related to the medical care of back pain.

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