ERIC Number: EJ883600
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
Primary Care Management of Chronic Nonmalignant Pain in Veterans: A Qualitative Study
Ruiz, Jorge G.; Qadri, S. Sobiya; Nader, Samir; Wang, Jia; Lawler, Timothy; Hagenlocker, Brian; Roos, Bernard A.
Educational Gerontology, v36 n5 p372-393 2010
Clinicians managing older patients with chronic pain play an important role. This paper explores the attitudes of primary care clinicians (PCPs) toward chronic nonmalignant pain management and their experiences using a clinical decision support system. Our investigation followed a qualitative approach based on grounded theory. Twenty-one PCPs participated in focus groups and interviews. Our analysis elicited six themes: pain as part of growing old; concerns about using medications; waiting times for the pain clinic; value of ancillary services; training; and value of an Electronic Medical Record (EMR). We need a more systematic and thorough understanding of PCPs competencies to manage chronic nonmalignant pain.
Descriptors: Grounded Theory, Pain, Focus Groups, Patients, Primary Health Care, Older Adults, Physicians, Qualitative Research, Interviews, Aging (Individuals), Medical Evaluation, Records (Forms), Veterans, Drug Therapy, On the Job Training, Independent Study
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