Frequency and priority of pain patients' health care use.

  title={Frequency and priority of pain patients' health care use.},
  author={Michael R Von Korff and Elizabeth H. B. Lin and Joshua J. Fenton and Kathleen Saunders},
  journal={The Clinical journal of pain},
  volume={23 5},
BACKGROUND Increased health care use by pain patients is largely due to conditions other than their identified pain condition, but the kinds of services accounting for increased service use are poorly understood. This study assesses reasons for health care visits of pain patients versus controls, and compares characteristics of pain patients who differ in frequency and priority of service use. METHODS The study samples included consecutive, primary care back pain (N=807), headache (N=831… CONTINUE READING