Bronnie Lennox Thompson on the role of emotions in treating pain:
We should, at all costs, avoid eliciting fear and worry, or anger in the people we treat — because this increases pain intensity.
Also it’s just nicer. 😉 But yeah, dear clinicians: if you scare pain patients, that is the opposite of helping. And fear can be subtle.
Much less widely appreciated, pissing patients off will also do harm, and that is also usually subtle. Most people will never show any clear sign that they are getting their back up during a clinical encounter. They’ll just bitch about the appointment later! Many patients are disgruntled with their care, but few actually tell the professional who frustrated them.
Scaring and irritating pain patients is bad
Orginally Published At: Pain Science