'The End of the Road'? Lay views on a pain relief clinic

Bendelow, Gillian A and Williams, Simon J (1996) 'The End of the Road'? Lay views on a pain relief clinic. Social Science and Medicine, 43 (7). pp. 1127-1136. ISSN 0277-9536

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Studies of the lay evaluation of pain-relief clinics are rare, particularly in the U.K. Hence, in an attempt to rectify this lacuna, this paper reports the findings of a small-scale qualitative study which charts the vicissitudes of hope and despair of attenders at pain-relief clinics in London. In doing so, we demonstrate the complex interplay between peoples' pain careers, their styles of adjustment, socio-demographic characteristics, and their evaluations of medical treatment. Sadly, for many of these patients, this was the end of the road and their last hope of finding relief. Unfortunately, however, the overarching feeling was of medicine having failed them. The paper concludes with a discussion of these findings and some suggestions for possible future research in this area.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Depositing User: Gillian Bendelow
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:53
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2012 14:57
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/22796
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