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Papers: 27 Jul 2019 - 2 Aug 2019

Human Studies


J Pain Res


How does reduction in pain lead to reduction in disability in patients with musculoskeletal pain?


Shaygan M, Böger A, Kröner-Herwig B
J Pain Res. 2019; 12:1879-1890.
PMID: 31354338.


Reduction in pain following multidisciplinary treatment is most often associated with a reduction in disability. To further elaborate the relationship between pain intensity and disability, the present study investigated three main questions: first, whether multidisciplinary treatment leads to a significant improvement in pain, disability and psychological variables (depression, pain acceptance and catastrophizing). Second, it was examined whether pain reduction may account for significant changes in the psychological variables (pre- to follow-up change scores). Finally, it was analyzed whether the psychological changes mediate the association between reduction in pain and in disability after controlling for age, sex and pain history.