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2021 Feb 18

BMC Health Serv Res



The burden of waiting to access pain clinic services: perceptions and experiences of patients with rheumatic conditions.


Deslauriers S, Roy J-S, Bernatsky S, Blanchard N, Feldman DE, Pinard A M, Fitzcharles M-A, Desmeules F, Perreault K
BMC Health Serv Res. 2021 Feb 18; 21(1):160.
PMID: 33602224.


Extensive waiting times before receiving services is a major barrier to adequate pain management. Waiting times may have a detrimental impact on patients' conditions and quality of life. However, there remains a lack of knowledge on the actual experiences of patients waiting to receive services, especially for those with rheumatic conditions. The present study aimed to gain an in-depth understanding of perceptions and experiences of patients with rheumatic conditions regarding access to pain clinic services. The secondary objective was to identify possible solutions to improve this access according to patients' perspectives.