Chronic Back Pain Resources and Patient Trust
Eighty-four percent (84%) of 764 patients with chronic back pain indicated they sought to learn more about the cause of their pain and symptoms, and non-operative and surgical treatment options. The types of educational resources utilized by 645 patients are listed below.
- 95% = Internet searches
- 40% = Asked family or friends
- 38% = Doctor's website
- 37% = Materials provided by the patient's doctor
- 12% = Public library
- 12% = Book store
- 9% = Hospital library
- 9% = Other*
- 7% = Doctor provided DVD
*Survey participants were asked "what other resources" they accessed to learn about chronic neck or back pain. Their responses included SpineUniverse.com, newspapers, and magazines.
Specific Questions and Survey Participants' Answers
Did the resource(s) influence or change or your opinion about the cause of pain and symptoms, non-operative and/or surgical treatment? (n=645)
- 27% = Yes
- 56% = No
- 17% = Not sure
Did you check a/any spine manufacturer's website(s) to learn about surgical procedures, instrumentation, and devices? (n=645)
- 50% = Yes
- 50% = No
Did the manufacturer's resource(s) influence or change your opinion about the cause of chronic pain, symptoms, non-operative or surgical treatments? (n=645)
- 17% = Yes
- 68% = No
- 15% = Not sure
Many patients (n=451) indicated they sought information about their doctor and/or his/her rating on the Internet.
Did the information and/or rating you found influence or change your opinion about a particular doctor or surgeon?
- 31% = Yes
- 59% = No
- 10% = Not sure
Who Patients Trust to Provide Spine Care
All survey participants (n=764) weighed in on who they trust to provide spine care. The most selected specialists are listed.
- 49% = Neurosurgeon
- 47% = Pain Medicine Specialist
- 45% = Orthopaedic Surgeon
- 37% = Primary Care Physician
- 19% = Chiropractor
- 12% = Rheumatologist