Chronic pain in individuals with spinal cord injury: A survey and longitudinal study

Short Title:
Chronic pain in individuals with spinal cord injury: A survey and longitudinal study
Model System:
SCI
Reference Type:
Journal Article
Accession No.:
J50114.
Journal:
Spinal Cord
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):
2005, vol. 43, issue 12, pp 704-712
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Abstract:
Two surveys conducted 2 to 6 years apart and standardized measures were used to gather data on 3 specific areas related to chronic pain in people with spinal cord injury (SCI). Specifically, the study examined: (1) the severity of pain in people with SCI compared to national norms; (2) the association between pain and measures of psychological functioning, community integration, and pain interference with daily activities; and (3) the change in the prevalence and intensity of pain over time. On average, pain was more severe in the study sample of patients with SCI compared with normative samples. The presence of pain was associated with trends towards poorer psychological functioning and social integration, and the intensity of pain was associated with interference with a number of important basic activities of daily living. Generally, measures of pain prevalence and intensity did not appear to change substantially over times the course the 2 to 6 years; however, there was some indication that the prevalence of shoulder pain may increase over time.
Author(s):
Jensen, M. P.; Hoffman, A. J.; Cardenas, D. D.
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