Karen LeMarchand

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BACKGROUND Chronic pain of nonmalignant origin requires effective long-term treatments, as for many patients pain management will be necessary throughout the rest of their lives. Intrathecal drug delivery systems (IDDS) have become a recognized therapy for the management of severe and otherwise intractable chronic pain. However, it is still not clear(More)
Although the experience of being believed is frequently alluded to in chronic pain literature, few studies have specifically explored this phenomenon and even fewer reviews have been offered. This narrative review sought to explore the wider social context in which individuals with chronic pain may experience disbelief toward their pain. Articles were(More)
Psychological factors are deemed important when considering patients for suitability for Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS). However, there is to date no consensus on which psychological characteristics or tests to undertake. This review analyses the literature to determine findings concerning the psychological characteristics observed and their impact on SCS(More)
We conducted a systematic search of qualitative research into the individual's experience of chronic low back pain. Two reviewers independently read through 740 unique abstracts. Inter-rater reliability was fair. The final sample comprised 19 articles which we critiqued using the Critical Appraisal Skills Programme checklist. This article focuses on the(More)
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