Healthcare Professionals’ Perceptions of Psychological Treatment for Chronic Pain in Singapore: Challenges, Barriers and the Way Forward

Yang, S.Y., Bogosian, A., Moss-Morris, R. & McCracken, L. (2016). Healthcare Professionals’ Perceptions of Psychological Treatment for Chronic Pain in Singapore: Challenges, Barriers and the Way Forward. Disability and Rehabilitation, 38(17), pp. 1643-1651. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2015.1107635

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Abstract

Purpose: There are very few studies on healthcare providers’ experiences of delivering treatment for chronic pain in a Southeast Asian setting. The aims of this study are to understand the experiences of professionals delivering treatment for people with chronic pain in Singapore and identify possible barriers to psychological treatment for this condition within the broader experiences of these professionals. Method: Healthcare professionals with at least one year experience treating chronic pain were recruited and purposefully sampled. Fifteen inductive semi-structured interviews were conducted to explore healthcare professionals’ experiences of treating people with chronic pain. Interviews were transcribed verbatim and analysed using thematic analysis. Results: Four main themes were identified: ‘System Barriers’, ‘Core Beliefs and management of Chronic Pain’, ‘Engaging Patients in treatment’’, and ‘Creating Awareness for Chronic Pain Management.’ Professionals trained in a multidisciplinary approach to pain management were seen as rare. Professionals who could refer patients for psychological treatment do not refer due to costs, and their perception that patients may lack understanding of such a treatment. Conclusion: Reducing barriers in the access to psychological treatment in settings like Singapore will require a multifaceted approach.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Disability and Rehabilitation on 30/12/15, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.3109/09638288.2015.1107635
Uncontrolled Keywords: Medical And Health Sciences
Divisions: School of Social Sciences
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/12639

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