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“It Encourages Them to Complain”: A Qualitative Study of the Unintended Consequences of Assessing Patient-Reported Pain

Pain is one of the most common reasons for patients to seek medical attention. A recent study using data from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey estimated that approximately 126 million adults reported having some pain in the 3 months before the survey, with 25.3 million (11%) experiencing daily (chronic) pain.22 Undertreated and uncontrolled pain leads to unnecessary suffering, depression, and decreased productivity.14 There is also substantial evidence that clinicians often fail to identify pain even when it is very likely to be present, as has been long recognized among cancer patients.

“It Encourages Them to Complain”: A Qualitative Study of the Unintended Consequences of Assessing Patient-Reported Pain

Orginally Published At: Pain Journal

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