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2022 Oct 29

Pain Med

Patient Outcomes from Multidisciplinary Chronic Pain Programs in Safety Net Clinics: A Scoping Review.


Patients within the safety net, defined as gap healthcare services for un- or under-insured persons, disproportionately suffer high impact chronic pain. The purpose of this review was to examine pain-related outcomes from multidisciplinary programs for patients with chronic pain within the safety net. A scoping review was conducted based on the Arksey and O'Malley framework coupled with the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic reviews and Meta-Analyses-Scoping Review checklist. CINAHL, MEDLINE, PubMed, and Google Scholar were searched for eligible articles published between January 1st, 2010 and December 31st, 2020. Grey literature was searched by typing relevant keywords into Google. Quantitative and qualitative outcomes were included. Data collected were charted and analyzed. Ten articles were included, with five demonstrating primarily quantitative results, three demonstrating primarily qualitative results, and the remaining two demonstrating primarily mixed results. Of the studies that utilized qualitative measures, themes included reduction in pain symptoms and the positive reception of a group-based pain management approach. Of the studies that employed quantitative measures, most demonstrated improvements in pain-related outcomes post-intervention, though not all statistically significant. Multidisciplinary pain programs may be of benefit to safety net patients with chronic pain. Further data collection is needed to determine the efficacy of these programs.