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Assessing and Managing Chronic Pain in the Primary Care Setting

  • Melanie P. Duckworth
  • Tony Iezzi
  • M. Todd Sewell
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Chronic Pain in the Primary Care Setting

Pain is experienced by almost everyone at some point in time. For most persons, the experience of pain is brief and uncomplicated, with pain remitting fully in the absence of medical intervention. For a small but significant proportion of the population, the experience of pain, due to its duration, intensity, and functional impacts, will precipitate contact with a health care provider. It has been observed that two of every five visits to a primary care provider (PCP) are made due to pain (Mantyselka, Turunen, Ahonen, & Kumpusalo, 2001). Pain conditions are common among patients attending primary care, with an estimated 20% of these patients diagnosed with persistent or chronic pain conditions (Gureje, Von Korff, Simon, & Gater, 1998).

Despite the significant number of persons presenting to health care providers for evaluation and management of pain, pain is an experience that patients find difficult to communicate and that care providers find...

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Chronic Pain Pain Management Primary Care Provider Chronic Pain Patient Chronic Pain Condition 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Melanie P. Duckworth
    • 1
  • Tony Iezzi
  • M. Todd Sewell
  1. 1.Department of Psychology/MS298University of Nevada RenoRenoUSA

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