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Table 1 Percent of participants who endorsed using the following factors to guide chronic pain treatment decisions

From: Examining influential factors in providers’ chronic pain treatment decisions: a comparison of physicians and medical students

Information used Percent Information would have used Percent
Patients’ pain history 97.6 % Previous treatment experiences 97.6 %
Patients’ pain description 95.3 % Average pain rating over the past week 96.5 %
Mental health symptoms 91.8 % Current pain rating 96.5 %
Patients’ vital signs 90.6 % Use of illicit drugs 95.3 %
Your own personal experience 89.4 % Pain description in own words 94.1 %
Your intuition 88.2 % History of treatment adherence 92.9 %
Patients’ facial expression 84.7 % Use of alcohol 90.6 %
Patients’ demographics 62.4 % Employment/Disability status 84.7 %
   Vocal expression 82.4 %
   Social support 71.8 %
  1. Participants could select more than one factor; thus, the percentages do not sum to 100