Usefulness of a multidimensional self-administered questionnaire for the clinical management of a pain treatment unit

C. Busquets, A. Ojeda, F. Torres, A. Faulí, L. A. Moreno, A. Bogdanovich, M. Giménez-Milà, C. Hernández-Cera, N. Fàbregas, S. Videla

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Abstract

Objective To study the feasibility of a multidimensional self-administered questionnaire before the patient is seen at the first visit in a clinical Pain Treatment Unit (PTU) of a tertiary hospital, and its impact on the management of patients in the first visit. Patients and methods Cross-sectional study. Self-administered questionnaire that gathered: socio-demographic data, medical history of pain, pain perception (intensity and characteristics), comorbidity of pain and patient expectations of analgesic treatment ("What do you expect from our treatment? If we cannot resolve your pain, what level of pain would you be willing to live with?). A descriptive analysis was performed. Results A total of 293 consecutive patients (31% men, 69% women), mean age (SD) 62 (16) years-old, were included in 2011. All patients completed and returned the questionnaire before the first visit to the PTU. The questionnaire was completed fully and correctly by 80% (234, 95% CI: 75-84) of the patients, and the rest completed the questionnaire with some points unanswered. About 24% (70/293, 95% CI: 19-29) of the patients should not have been referred to the PTU [20% were not attended]. A small percentage (9%,26/293, 95% CI: 6-13) were evaluated as «urgent'» and visited over the following 7 days, with 19% (56/293, 95%CI: 15-24) being «preferential» (visited before 15 days) and 52% (152/293, 95% CI: 46-58) as «non-urgent/non-preferential» (visited before 60 days). Almost one third (30%, 87/293, 95% CI: 25-35) did not need a second visit to the PTU. Patient expectations: 21% expected complete pain relief and 64% would accept a lower pain intensity score of 4. Conclusion The use of a multidimensional self-administered questionnaire before the first visit to a clinical Pain Treatment Unit of a tertiary hospital was a practicable and useful tool for the management of patients on the first visit. Likewise, the questionnaire provided information on the patient's perception of pain and the expectations concerning the analgesic treatment. © 2013 SECA. Published by Elsevier Espana, S.L. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-236
JournalRevista de Calidad Asistencial
Volume29
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

Keywords

  • Pain
  • Pain perception
  • Questionnaire self-report

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