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Researchers Explore Patient Experience of Interventional Pain Management

AJMC | American Journal of Managed Care

Hoping to get a better understanding of the patient experience when seeking treatment for chronic pain, researchers in Sweden recently published a qualitative report examining the patient point of view in interventional pain management.

The authors reported that other studies have shown that patients describe being made to feel responsible for their pain, resulting in feelings of disempowerment and stigmatization.

In developed industrialized countries, roughly 20% of the population suffers from chronic pain (CP), which is defined as pain persisting for longer than normal or expected (about 3 to 6 months) or is associated with a progressive nonmalignant ...