What is it about?

This article describes concepts that people with CRPS would like their health professionals to know so they provide more effective care. It tells what is important from the patient's perspective and highlights the education deficits of health professionals who provide CRPS care.

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Why is it important?

To provide true biopsychosocial patient-centered care, the voice of the patient must be paramount. This article provides thinking points for the clinician to work with the patient in a partnership.


I hope this article is embraced by clinicians. I am passionate about improving the patient experience of this condition. This can only occur if patients and clinicians understand and respect the viewpoints of each other. People living with CRPS contact me to tell of their experiences dealing with health professionals who have little CRPS knowledge and low empathy. Those fortunate enough to engage with knowledgeable multidisciplinary teams report higher satisfaction and better health outcomes.

Colleen Johnston-Devin
Central Queensland University

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This page is a summary of: Educational considerations for health professionals to effectively work with clients with complex regional pain syndrome, PLoS ONE, June 2022, PLOS,
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0269337.
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