The latest discussion from the Qualitative Methods Journal Club (QMJC) is now available online, focusing on the experiences of doctors and nurses in primary care who work with people experiencing chronic pain in Ontario, Canada.

The December meeting of the Qualitative Methods Journal Club was led and summarised by Alissa Greer (School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University). The study they discussed spoke to the challenges of doctors and nurses providing chronic pain care, and the challenges patients face due to health and social inequities:

“Members of our journal club loved this article. It was beautifully written, and we all genuinely enjoyed reading it. The paper served as an excellent basis for discussion about methodology, writing style, and real-world implications. We enjoyed the emphasis on intersecting social conditions, including poverty and other marginalised positionings, of people experiencing chronic pain and how this impacts their care. The findings were especially relevant to current public health policies related to safer supply prescribing across Canada.”

Read the full discussion here, and see the full collection of QMJC meetings here.

About the article

Webster, F., Rice, K., Katz, J., Bhattacharyya, O., Dale, C., & Upshur, R. (2019). An ethnography of chronic pain management in primary care: The social organization of physicians’ work in the midst of the opioid crisis. PLOS ONE, 14(5), e0215148.

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