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What are the perceived needs of people living with chronic pain regarding physiotherapy services? A scoping review protocol.


Gervais-Hupé J, Filleul A, Perreault K, Gaboury I, Wideman TH, Charbonneau C, Loukili F, Gagnon M, Hudon A
PLoS One. 2023; 18(2):e0274730.
PMID: 36730241.


Chronic pain represents a major health issue, affecting the physical and mental health of approximately one in five people worldwide. It is now widely recognized that health professionals should use interventions that meet the needs of people living with chronic pain. Therefore, physiotherapists should attend to patients' perceived needs regarding physiotherapy services, i.e. the needs that are perceived by patients themselves based on their beliefs, values, preferences and expectations. However, previous reviews have mainly focused on health professionals' and experts' evaluations of patients' needs, which may result in inadequate answers to these needs. Therefore, a better understanding of patients' perceived needs could lead to more ethical and higher quality physiotherapy services.