Treat the Patient, Not the Pain: Using a Multidimensional Assessment Tool to Facilitate Patient-Centered Chronic Pain Care
THE NEED FOR MULTIDIMENSIONAL CHRONIC PAIN ASSESSMENT
Chronic pain is common, complex, costly, and distressing to patients, families, and clinicians. Despite multiple national initiatives,1,2 improvements in chronic pain management have been limited. In fact, an estimated 40–60% of patients with chronic pain have inadequate pain management.3 This lack of progress may partly be due to the multidimensionality of chronic pain, which is not routinely incorporated into its assessment and management. A patient-centered approach—that accounts for patient-specific goals and patient-reported outcomes and can be implemented in a congested, time-limited primary care clinic setting—is needed to achieve the primary goals of chronic pain management, including reduction of pain impact and improvement of function and quality of life.3,4
A QUESTION UNASKED IS AN ANSWER UNLEARNED: USE OF A PATIENT-REPORTED OUTCOMES TOOL TO PROVIDE MULTI-MODAL CHRONIC PAIN CARE
KEY WORDSchronic pain pain management assessment patient-centered care
Contributors: University of Washington Clinical Informatics Research Group
This work was supported by the National Institute of Nursing Research of the National Institutes of Health under award number K24 NR015340 (Doorenbos). PainTracker development was previously supported by a University of Washington Center for Commercialization project award (Sullivan) and a Pfizer Medical Education grant (Sullivan).
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Conflict of Interest
None of the authors have any conflicts of interest to disclose.
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