From the moment an appointment is made to seeing the provider: we have to be preparing for patients with chronic pain. Pain is the most common reason a patient goes to see a physician.
Chronic pain accounts for more office visits than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined. Patients who live with chronic pain are often difficult to treat and are known to over utilize resources, either through frequent office visits, frequent emergency room visits, or frequent interventions or diagnostic procedures. Setting up for success is critical, from the very moment when a patient makes an appointment with a new physician or has a follow up appointment.