- •People with chronic pain see physicians as burdened if medical evidence is lacking.
- •Perceived burden mediates the effects of medical evidence on clinical judgments.
- •More burdensome patients are perceived as less credible and less likely to improve.
- •More burdensome patients are perceived as more psychosocially dysfunctional.
- •Perceived physician burden may undermine collaboration in chronic pain treatment.
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Funding: This study was supported by institutional funding from Saint Louis University.
Conflict of Interest Statement: None of the authors of this manuscript has relevant conflicts of interest to disclose.