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Bifulco L, Anderson DR, Blankson ML
Evaluation of a chronic pain screening program implemented in primary care.
The purpose of this study was to evaluate a 2-step process for chronic pain screening and follow-up in primary care. Participants included primary care practitioners and medical assistants from 13 sites who implemented the screening process in primary care, and over 38,000 patients aged 18 or older with a primary care visit during the study’s July 2018-June 2019 time period. Findings showed that a systematic, 2-step process for chronic pain screening and functional assessment in primary care appeared to identify patients with previously undocumented chronic pain and that this process was feasible to implement.
Citation: Bifulco L, Anderson DR, Blankson ML . Evaluation of a chronic pain screening program implemented in primary care. JAMA Netw Open 2021 Jul;4(7):e2118495. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.18495..
Keywords: Pain, Chronic Conditions, Primary Care, Screening