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Healthcare priorities in patients with chronic facial pain of temporomandibular disorders
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    Journal article
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  • Authors:
    Taimeh D, Riordain RN, Fedele S, Leeson R
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    Oral Diseases
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Objectives: To explore the experiences of patients with temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) with the National Health Service and to discover their healthcare priorities when seeking treatment. Methods: Semi-structured interviews were used. They were directed using a topic guide covering subjects such as initial visits in primary care, referrals to secondary care, and the effect on symptoms. The discussions were audiotaped and transcribed verbatim. Thematic analysis was utilised to analyse the data. Results: In total, 15 participants took part in three focus groups. Six themes were identified: “access to appropriate care”, “organised and coordinated care”, “receiving a diagnosis and enough information”, “interaction with the clinical staff”, “treatment strategies and having an ‘action plan’” and “support and social networks”. Conclusions: The participants gave accounts of the difficulties encountered in healthcare in general terms and specific to TMD. Most notable was the struggle to access appropriate care, receive a diagnosis and be understood. Our findings suggest that delays in delivering appointments with people of expertise may have caused the worsening of symptoms. However, when a pleasant experience was encountered, access to care was fast, the clinician was understanding and communication with the clinical team was good. These provided positive experiences and were appreciated by the patients.
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