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Table 5 Older adults’ recommendations regarding patient-centered communication for LBP co-management by MDs and DCs

From: Perspectives of older adults on co-management of low back pain by doctors of chiropractic and family medicine physicians: a focus group study

  MD clinic DC clinic Senior center Senior housing
  M M D D C C C H H H
  1 2 1 2 1 2 3 1 2 3
Providers should use respectful, honest communication between each other and with patients  
Provider must listen to the patient  
Patient must let doctors know they are seeing other providers for LBP  
Providers should explain condition, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis    
Patients should use their own judgment about any advice for LBP      
Providers should spend more time with patient    
Providers should not blame LBP on the older adults’ health condition or age     
Providers should discuss pain openly with their patients     
MD-DC should resolve disagreements and present unified LBP approach to patient       
If dissatisfied with care, patient should change doctors or get another opinion     
  1. MD = Medical Doctor.
  2. DC = Doctor of Chiropractic.
  3. LBP = Low back pain.
  4. M# = Medical clinic focus group 1 or 2.
  5. D# = Chiropractic clinic focus group 1 or 2.
  6. C# = Senior center focus group 1, 2 or 3.
  7. H# = Senior housing focus group 1, 2 or 3.