Chronic pain and health status: how do those not using healthcare services fare?

Alison Margaret Elliott, Blair Hamilton Smith, Philip Christopher Hannaford

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Relatively little is known about the clinical importance of symptoms not presented to healthcare services. Using data from a community survey we examined the health status among those with chronic pain who reported using or not using healthcare services. Individuals with chronic pain who had used healthcare services in the previous year had poorer health than symptomatic responders who had not used services, irrespective of the severity of chronic pain. The findings suggest that there is little point in trying to detect and treat individuals not currently presenting to healthcare services with their pain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)614-616
Number of pages2
JournalThe British Journal of General Practice
Issue number505
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2004


  • health services
  • health services research
  • health status indicators
  • pain
  • signs and symptoms
  • common symptoms
  • prevalence
  • community
  • women


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