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Divided By A Lack of Common Language? – A Qualitative Study Exploring The Use Of Language By Health Professionals Treating Back Pain

Recognizing the significance of employing a common language in discussing back pain when communicating with others is well-documented in the literature. There are three main areas where challenges in communicating about back pain emerge. First, patients seeking information from healthcare providers may encounter difficulties in comprehending both their explanations and the medical literature. Second, misunderstandings among healthcare professionals regarding terminology can occur. Third, the absence of standardized definitions for back pain terms can complicate the comparison of research studies. This study aims to investigate the interpretations and challenges associated with the utilization of existing medical terminology for back pain. It intends to explore these aspects from the perspectives of healthcare professionals, individuals seeking guidance from healthcare practitioners for back pain, and those who have not sought professional help for back-related issues.