Qualitative Needs Assessment for the Development of Chronic Pain Group Medical Visits

Kevin A. Wile, Siddhartha Roy, Heather Stuckey, Eric Zimmerman, David Bailey, Jessica A. Parascando, Alexis Reedy-Cooper

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Group medical visits (GMVs) for patients with chronic pain are becoming more accessible and have been shown to be successful in furthering patient education on multidisciplinary, nonopioid interventions. Unfortunately, evidence suggests that many group visit models lack sustainability due to recruitment issues and retention rates. Additionally, most of the studies surrounding GMVs are located in primarily urban health centers, potentially limiting their generalizability. This study aims to identify patient interest in and barriers to GMVs for chronic pain and to explore how chronic pain impacts daily lives for GMV content optimization in a nonurban population. Nineteen participants age 18 to 65 years participated in semistructured phone interviews to generate a thematic analysis. Participants received their care from family practitioners at a suburban multiclinic academic medical group and were being prescribed at least 50 morphine milligram equivalents (MME) at the time of recruitment. Analysis generated two themes: (1) Participants expressed specific interest in GMVs with few barriers identified, and (2) Pain has a negative impact on mental health and most aspects daily life, creating a foundation for discussion in GMVs. Findings support significant patient interest in group medical visits for chronic pain, but careful planning is necessary to address patient needs, expectations, and barriers in order to ensure GMV sustainability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Patient Experience
StatePublished - Nov 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health Policy
  • Leadership and Management
  • Health(social science)


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