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Physical therapists' attitudes and knowledge regarding chronic pain

1 May 1991


Patients experiencing chronic pain are commonly referred to physical therapists (PTs) for evaluation and treatment. The principles and techniques of treatment used by physical therapists varies widely for this patient population (1, 2). Some of this variation in treatment is based on each therapist's knowledge base and attitude regarding effective chronic pain management (3, 4). The purpose of this study was to determine: 1) if some physical therapists have a more favorable attitude anda more encompassing knowledge base to draw on for treatment of the patient experiencing chronic pain syndrome (CPS), 2) if there is a correlation between knowledge and attitude, and 3) the perceived sufficiency of academic training in chronic pain management amongst therapists surveyed.


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