Chronic pain and health status: how do those not using healthcare services fare?

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  • Smith B
  • Hannaford P
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Relatively little is known about the clinical importance of symptoms not presented to healthcare services. Using data from a community survey we examined the health status among those with chronic pain who reported using or not using healthcare services. Individuals with chronic pain who had used healthcare services in the previous year had poorer health than symptomatic responders who had not used services, irrespective of the severity of chronic pain. The findings suggest that there is little point in trying to detect and treat individuals not currently presenting to healthcare services with their pain.

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  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Chronic Disease
  • Female
  • Health Care Surveys
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Odds Ratio
  • Pain
  • Pain: epidemiology
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care
  • Primary Health Care
  • Primary Health Care: utilization
  • Questionnaires

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  • Alison M Elliott

  • Blair H Smith

  • Philip C Hannaford

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