Managing pain takes some time, and mapping
Complex problems like this can be daunting — in a single consultation, the GP has to try to make a diagnosis, then come up with a treatment plan.
Sometimes chronic pain presents in addition to a range of seemingly unrelated problems. Time pressures can make reaching early for the script pad really tempting!
One of the most useful tools a GP has is time. If there is a complex problem there is value in getting the patient back for a consultation focused on that issue. A