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Table 6 Interpretation of health care provider topics

From: Self-care of chronic musculoskeletal pain – experiences and attitudes of patients and health care providers

Positive aspects of self-care Activation of the patient:
- Awareness
- Care for her−/himself
- Empowered patient
Psychological effect
Lower burden for health services
Lower consumption of analgesics
Need for self-care The first form of treatment
Avoiding of doctors (self-care preferred)
Unavailability of doctors
In mild conditions
In acute conditions
Risks of self-care Adverse effects
Short-lived effect
Mistakes in self-care
Late diagnosis of pain causes
Masking of symptoms