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What shapes perceptions of whether the healthcare system takes patient concerns seriously and how do they affect patient health?

Patients, like many of the 11.2% of Americans with chronic pain, can feel that providers do not take their health concerns seriously. The goals of this research are: 1. identify factors (e.g., race, gender, SES) that affect perceptions of how seriously the healthcare system takes the concerns of patients across a variety of conditions (e.g., fibromyalgia, lupus) and, 2. test how these perceptions affect patient health outcomes (e.g., stress, quality of life, healthcare avoidance, adherence).

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