The Effects of Medical Evidence and Pain Intensity on Medical Student Judgments of Chronic Pain Patients

@article{Chibnall1997TheEO,
  title={The Effects of Medical Evidence and Pain Intensity on Medical Student Judgments of Chronic Pain Patients},
  author={John T. Chibnall and Raymond C. Tait and Lisa R. Ross},
  journal={Journal of Behavioral Medicine},
  year={1997},
  volume={20},
  pages={257-271}
}
This study examined symptom judgments made by medical students of hypothetical chronic low back pain patients. Eight vignettes were varied as to the pain intensity reported by the hypothetical patient (low vs. moderate vs. high vs. very high) and the availability of medical evidence supportive of the pain report (present vs. absent). Ninety-five subjects read vignettes and made judgments of patient emotional distress, pain intensity, and pain-related disability. Subjects significantly… CONTINUE READING

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