Background: Increased attention to the functional impact of chronic pain (CP), as highlighted by the 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) and advocated by the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), is an important step forward for optimizing its management. Evidence about perspectives of Italian physicians on the relevance of musculoskeletal (MSK) pain care to improve patients’ functioning and Quality of Life is scant. The study aimed to investigate the physicians’ perception of the value of functional recovery in severe MSK pain patients, their attitude towards its assessment and achievement in Italy. Methods: A survey was conducted in Italy between October 2020 and January 2021. Specialist centers members of the SIAARTI (n = 395) were sent an online questionnaire encompassing the Italian pain therapy network. Participants rated their agreement to questionnaire items according to a 5-point Likert-type scale. Results: A total of 305 centers (77%) completed the survey. Most physicians rated the recovery of functioning as very relevant in MSK pain treatment and, when they assessed it, devoted great attention to the ability to perform daily activities, pain, ability to ambulate and sleep quality. Multidimensional questionnaires were less employed in favor of physical examination and pain intensity scales. Pharmacological therapy, rehabilitation and lifestyle changes and/or physical exercise were all rated optimal strategies to pursue the recovery of patients’ functioning. When considering pharmacological therapy, weak and strong opioids, either alone or combined with paracetamol, were the most frequently employed analgesics. Conclusion: Clinicians seem to recognize the recovery of functioning as equally important as pain intensity reduction, but there is a need of streamlining available tools to effectively assess both across different MSK pain patients.

Pursuing the recovery of severe chronic musculoskeletal pain in italy: Clinical and organizational perspectives from a siaarti survey

Petrucci E.;Marinangeli F.
2021

Abstract

Background: Increased attention to the functional impact of chronic pain (CP), as highlighted by the 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) and advocated by the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), is an important step forward for optimizing its management. Evidence about perspectives of Italian physicians on the relevance of musculoskeletal (MSK) pain care to improve patients’ functioning and Quality of Life is scant. The study aimed to investigate the physicians’ perception of the value of functional recovery in severe MSK pain patients, their attitude towards its assessment and achievement in Italy. Methods: A survey was conducted in Italy between October 2020 and January 2021. Specialist centers members of the SIAARTI (n = 395) were sent an online questionnaire encompassing the Italian pain therapy network. Participants rated their agreement to questionnaire items according to a 5-point Likert-type scale. Results: A total of 305 centers (77%) completed the survey. Most physicians rated the recovery of functioning as very relevant in MSK pain treatment and, when they assessed it, devoted great attention to the ability to perform daily activities, pain, ability to ambulate and sleep quality. Multidimensional questionnaires were less employed in favor of physical examination and pain intensity scales. Pharmacological therapy, rehabilitation and lifestyle changes and/or physical exercise were all rated optimal strategies to pursue the recovery of patients’ functioning. When considering pharmacological therapy, weak and strong opioids, either alone or combined with paracetamol, were the most frequently employed analgesics. Conclusion: Clinicians seem to recognize the recovery of functioning as equally important as pain intensity reduction, but there is a need of streamlining available tools to effectively assess both across different MSK pain patients.
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