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Concerns about medication and medication adherence in patients with chronic pain recruited from general practice


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Rosser, B. A., McCracken, L. M., Velleman, S. C., Boichat, C. and Eccleston, C., 2011. Concerns about medication and medication adherence in patients with chronic pain recruited from general practice. Pain, 152 (5), pp. 1201-1205.

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    http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pain.2011.01.053

    Abstract

    This study examines the concerns and beliefs about medication reported by patients with nonmalignant chronic pain encountered within general practice. Two hundred thirty-nine patients with chronic pain took part in this research. Patients completed the Pain Medication Attitudes Questionnaire, a measure of patient concerns and beliefs relating to addiction, withdrawal, side effects, mistrust in doctors, perceived need of medication, scrutiny from others, and tolerance. The data revealed that patient concerns and beliefs predicted general medication nonadherence. In addition, concerns were related to the direction of nonadherence: overuse of medication was related to increased perceived need for medication and greater concern over side effects; underuse was related to decreased concerns over withdrawal and increased mistrust in the prescribing doctor. Analyses also indicated that patient attitudes and concerns about medication were more predictive of nonadherence than both level of pain and the reported frequency of experienced side effects. This research contributes to the increasing evidence that patient attitudes and beliefs about pain medication are associated with adherence behavior. Training general practitioners to identify and address these concerns may reduce concerns, improve adherence, and facilitate the doctor-patient relationship.

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    Item Type Articles
    CreatorsRosser, B. A., McCracken, L. M., Velleman, S. C., Boichat, C. and Eccleston, C.
    DOI10.1016/j.pain.2011.01.053
    Uncontrolled Keywordschronic pain, beliefs, analgesics, general practice, attitudes
    DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Health
    Research CentresCentre for Pain Research
    RefereedYes
    StatusPublished
    ID Code23690

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