The importance of monitoring patient's ability to achieve functional tasks in those with musculoskeletal pain
Carnes, Dawn and Underwood, M. (Martin) M.D.. (2008) The importance of monitoring patient's ability to achieve functional tasks in those with musculoskeletal pain. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, Vol.11 (No.1). pp. 26-32. ISSN 17460689Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijosm.2007.12.001
Background: Societal, clinician and patient expectations of treatment outcomes may differ due to different measures of success. This may have implications for measuring progress, monitoring treatment success and patient satisfaction. Objective: To explore patient communication about pain. Method: A qualitative study using in-depth interviews with people experiencing chronic pain. Results: Thirteen people living with chronic pain were interviewed, five males and eight females. Age range 24–83 years, all had chronic pain in at least one location, 10 had low back pain. We found that the most important outcome markers for patients were functional tasks that affected their every day living. The achievement of these tasks became personal goals. Patients used task achievement to determine treatment success, regardless of whether they had to modify the way they achieved these tasks. Perception of significant pain was characterised by loss of function and inability to self-manage. Conclusion: Treatment progress can be more meaningfully monitored by using patient determined goals, rather than clinical outcomes. Patient criteria for success were determined by achieving functional tasks/goals that had previously been difficult. The additional use of aids or encouraging adaptive behaviour should not be under estimated as part of the treatment process. However, realistic goal setting remains an important issue that patients and clinicians can jointly negotiate and address.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RB Pathology
|Divisions:||Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School > Health Sciences
Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Pain -- Measurement, Chronic pain, Qualitative research, Patient satisfaction, Musculoskeletal system -- Diseases, Musculoskeletal system -- Wounds and injuries|
|Journal or Publication Title:||International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine|
|Page Range:||pp. 26-32|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
|Funder:||Assurance Medical Society UK, Barts and the London Joint Research Board (BLJRB)|
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