Chronic pain and health services utilization: is there overuse of diagnostic tests and inequalities in nonpharmacologic treatment methods utilization?

@article{Azevedo2013ChronicPA,
  title={Chronic pain and health services utilization: is there overuse of diagnostic tests and inequalities in nonpharmacologic treatment methods utilization?},
  author={Lu{\'i}s Filipe Ribeiro de Azevedo and Altamiro da Costa-Pereira and Liliane Mendonça and Cl{\'a}udia Camila Dias and Jos{\'e} Manuel Castro-Lopes},
  journal={Medical care},
  year={2013},
  volume={51 10},
  pages={859-69}
}
BACKGROUND Few studies have described patterns and determinants of health services utilization (HSU) in chronic pain (CP) subjects. We aimed to describe these, in particular, regarding medical consultations (MCs), diagnostic tests (DTs), pain medicines (PMs) and nonpharmacologic treatment methods (NTM) utilization. METHODS A cross-sectional nationwide study was conducted in a representative sample of the Portuguese population. The 5094 participants were selected using random digit dialling… CONTINUE READING
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