Table 5

Older adults’ recommendations regarding patient-centered communication for LBP co-management by MDs and DCs
MD clinic DC clinic Senior center Senior housing
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

MD = Medical Doctor.

DC = Doctor of Chiropractic.

LBP = Low back pain.

M# = Medical clinic focus group 1 or 2.

D# = Chiropractic clinic focus group 1 or 2.

C# = Senior center focus group 1, 2 or 3.

H# = Senior housing focus group 1, 2 or 3.

Lyons et al.

Lyons et al. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013 13:225   doi:10.1186/1472-6882-13-225

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