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Factors used by the general practitioner for referring patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain : a qualitative interview study - Region Twente.

Mossink, A. (2021) Factors used by the general practitioner for referring patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain : a qualitative interview study - Region Twente.

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Abstract:Around 20% of the Dutch population is suffering from chronic musculoskeletal pain, which is a multifactorial problem. The complexity of chronic musculoskeletal pain makes it hard to define a classification system which results in insufficient referring. Chronic pain is explained using the biopsychosocial model in which biological, psychological and social factors are causing and maintaining the pain. The present study aimed to investigate these factors related to a referral from the general practitioner for patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain to further treatment within mono- or multidisciplinary care. 10 semi-structured interviews were conducted among 10 general practitioners, these were transcribed and coded using an iterative process. Analysis of the interviews demonstrated that there were diverse features for referring, the codes could be divided in Physical, Psychological, General practitioner, Treatment, Complaint and Patient characteristics. The results indicated that the general practitioners are mostly focussing on the physical and psychological factors, which indicates that they lack of focus on the social factors. It is recommended to increase the familiarity of the general practitioners with the different types of treatments available. Future research should investigate the features for referring patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain to identify significant differentiating features for mono- and multidisciplinary treatment.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/86141
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