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Vécu et attentes des patients douloureux chroniques en médecine générale : étude qualitative en Rhône-Alpes

Abstract : Chronic pain is a public health issue that affects over 7 million persons in France. It has an impact on medical costs and implies a major loss of productivity. Medical care can be long, complex and unsatisfactory for patients. We have conducted a qualitative study on the experience of pain for patients and medical care for patients suffering of pain for more over 6 months. Data has been collected through semi-guided individual interviews until data saturation. The analysis has been conducted thematically, with double coding. The testimonies of a reasoned and diverse sample of 18 patients have been recorded. The felt experience of pain and the associated disability affected family life, professional life and relationships. Adaptation of daily life was necessary. Patients felt isolated both socially and administrative wise. They were expecting a technical, social and coordinative know-how from their GP. Medical care frequently included a specialist doctor and a physiotherapist but also various alternative medicine. Patients were seeking information about their pathology and when the diagnosis was made, it allowed a better acceptance of pain. Although treatments were sometimes feared or of limited effectiveness they were still deemed necessary. For patients the essential elements of a good medical care were careful clinical examination, empathic listening, appropriate information, a central role of the GP and consideration of the psychological side, family and professional environment.
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Stéphanie Falque, Sébastien Tartavull. Vécu et attentes des patients douloureux chroniques en médecine générale : étude qualitative en Rhône-Alpes. Médecine humaine et pathologie. 2014. ⟨dumas-01063748⟩



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