Table 3

A summary of the perspectives of patients and physicians on the four main topics

Certainty about the diagnosisAnalgesiaEpidural injectionsSurgery
PatientsSome uncertainty remained unless diagnosis was confirmed with an MRI scanReluctant towards opiatesRelatively reluctant to receive epidural injectionsAmbivalent opinions, some fear surgery
PhysiciansCertain about diagnosis, no imaging requiredIn favour of painkilling, opiates if necessaryCritical about the benefit of epidural injectionsAmbivalent opinions about the medical value of surgery