A 2-step process for chronic pain screening facilitates identification and monitoring of chronic pain in primary care

Takeaway

  • A systematic, 2-step process for chronic pain screening and functional assessment in primary care helps to identify and monitor people with chronic pain.

Why this matters

    Although pain is one of the most common complaints of individuals seeking primary health care, practitioners experience significant problems identifying and assessing pain, and chronic pain is underdiagnosed and undertreated. This important study suggests that implementing a 2-step process for chronic pain screening and functionality could help to improve the assessment and monitoring of pain in primary care.