Patients give GPs just 5 out of 10 on pain management

The National Pain Survey shows a decline in the GP-patient relationship with many saying they didn't feel believed

Patients with chronic pain have reported a deteriorating relationship with their GPs over the past two years, an Australian survey shows.

When asked to rate how well their GP was managing their pain, on average patients gave their doctors a score of 5/10, according to the National Pain Survey 2020.

This was down from the two previous years, including 2019 when the rating was on average 9/10 and in 2018 when it was 8/10.

The national survey of 1200 chronic pain patients was