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

Alison M. Elliott, Blair H. Smith, Philip C. Hannaford

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    7 Citations (Scopus)

    Abstract

    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)614-616
    Number of pages3
    JournalBritish Journal of General Practice
    Volume54
    Issue number505
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2004

    Keywords

    • Health services
    • Health services research
    • Health status indicators
    • Pain
    • Signs and symptoms

    Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Chronic pain and health status: how do those not using healthcare services fare?'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this