Chronic pain and the use of conventional and alternative therapy

M. Haetzman, A. M. Elliott, B. H. Smith, P. Hannaford, W. A. Chambers

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    Abstract

    Background. Chronic pain is a common problem affecting about half of the general population.
    This has implications for the utilization of both conventional and alternative health services.
    Objectives. The aim of this study was to determine the use of conventional and alternative
    practitioners and medicines amongst individuals with chronic pain in the community.
    Methods. A total of 2422 individuals from a previous population-based survey in the Grampian
    region of the UK, who agreed to participate in further research, were sent a postal questionnaire.
    The questionnaire enquired about the presence, type and severity of chronic pain, sociodemographic
    details, consultations with conventional and alternative practitioners, and the
    consumption of conventional and alternative medicines. The main outcome measures were the
    number and frequency of self-reported consultations with GPs, hospital specialists, physical
    therapists and alternative therapists, and the consumption of prescription, non-prescription and
    alternative medicines amongst those with chronic pain.
    Results. Of the 840 individuals reporting chronic pain, 67.2% had seen their GP, 34.0% a
    hospital specialist, 25.9% a physical therapist and 18.2% an alternative therapist in the preceding
    year. Prescription medicines had been taken by 58.4%, non-prescription medicines by 57.4% and
    alternative medicines by 15.7% of individuals with chronic pain. The majority (67.0%) of individuals
    with chronic pain who sought alternative health care did so in conjunction with conventional
    health care. Differences in consultations with practitioners and consumption of medicines were
    found by age, sex, socio-economic status, site of pain and severity of pain.
    Conclusions. Individuals with chronic pain consult their GP about their pain more than other
    practitioners and use conventional medicines more frequently than alternative medicines.
    Alternative health care is used most commonly in addition to conventional health care, although
    a small number of individuals with chronic pain use alternative care exclusively. The use of
    alternative health care amongst those with chronic pain is higher than previously estimated and
    suggests that the use of these services may be increasing amongst those with chronic pain.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)147-154
    Number of pages8
    JournalFamily Practice
    Volume20
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2003

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    Complementary Therapies
    Chronic Pain
    Delivery of Health Care
    Referral and Consultation
    Pain
    Prescriptions
    Physical Therapists
    Population
    Health Services
    Economics
    Outcome Assessment (Health Care)

    Keywords

    • Alternative health care
    • Alternative medicine
    • Chronic pain
    • GP

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    Haetzman, M., Elliott, A. M., Smith, B. H., Hannaford, P., & Chambers, W. A. (2003). Chronic pain and the use of conventional and alternative therapy. Family Practice, 20(2), 147-154. https://doi.org/10.1093/fampra/20.2.147
    Haetzman, M. ; Elliott, A. M. ; Smith, B. H. ; Hannaford, P. ; Chambers, W. A. / Chronic pain and the use of conventional and alternative therapy. In: Family Practice. 2003 ; Vol. 20, No. 2. pp. 147-154.
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    Haetzman, M, Elliott, AM, Smith, BH, Hannaford, P & Chambers, WA 2003, 'Chronic pain and the use of conventional and alternative therapy', Family Practice, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 147-154. https://doi.org/10.1093/fampra/20.2.147

    Chronic pain and the use of conventional and alternative therapy. / Haetzman, M.; Elliott, A. M.; Smith, B. H.; Hannaford, P.; Chambers, W. A.

    In: Family Practice, Vol. 20, No. 2, 04.2003, p. 147-154.

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