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  1. Physician judgments of chronic pain patients.

    Article - En anglais

    Recent evidence has indicated that physician judgments of patients can be influenced by contextual factors.

    This study examined three contextual factors relevant to hypothetical patients with low back pain, using vignettes that were varied in a 2 x 2 x 2 factorial design : level of reported pain (high vs low), level of supporting medical evidence (high vs low), and the valence of the physician-patient interaction (positive vs negative).

    Perceived levels of pain, disability, emotional distress, and somatic preoccupation were rated by internists after reading a vignette.

    Ratings of pain and disability were lower for patients without supporting medical evidence ; ratings of distress, somatic preoccupation, and disability were greater for patients who exhibited negative rather than positive affect ; internist ratings of pain were lower than patient ratings among patients reporting high levels of pain, while ratings were inflated for patients with low levels of pain.

    The results suggest that characteristics of both the patient and the situation may influence medical judgments.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Douleur, Chronique, Evaluation, Médecin, Personnel sanitaire, Homme, Relation médecin malade

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Pain, Chronic, Evaluation, Physician, Health staff, Human, Physician patient relation

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 97-0486850

    Code Inist : 002B30A11. Création : 03/02/1998.