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2022 Apr

Br J Pain



Exploring patient satisfaction of a joint-consultation clinic for trigeminal neuralgia: Enabling improved decision-making.


Poole J, Mercadante V, Singhota S, Nizam K, Zakrzewska JM
Br J Pain. 2022 Apr; 16(2):237-242.
PMID: 35419201.


Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a relatively rare condition which has a profound impact not only on the patient but also on those around them. There is no cure for TN, and the management of the condition is complex. The most effective forms of treatment are either through medication, neurosurgery, or combination of the two. Each option has risks and implications for the patient. As with all clinical decisions, it is important for patients to understand and be fully informed of the treatments available to them. A London UK unit adopted a joint-consultation clinic approach where the patient meets with both physician and neurosurgeon at the same time to discuss treatment options. The purpose of this evaluation is to understand patients' level of satisfaction with the joint-consultation clinic and evaluate utilisation of a clinical decision-making tool.