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Human Studies

2020 Jan-Jun

Health Psychol Open



Prevalence and predictors of chronic pain intensity and disability among adults with sickle cell disease.


Matthie N, Jenerette C, Gibson A, Paul S, Higgins M, Krishnamurti L
Health Psychol Open. 2020 Jan-Jun; 7(1):2055102920917250.
PMID: 32426150.


Among 170 adults with sickle cell disease, we evaluated chronic pain impact and disability prevalence, assessed age and gender differences, and identified psychosocial predictors of chronic pain intensity and disability. Most participants had a high level of disability. Chronic pain intensity and disability were significantly associated with pain catastrophizing and chronic pain self-efficacy, and worsened with age. Further research is needed to confirm study findings and develop interventions, including palliative care approaches that address catastrophizing and disability, particularly for young women and middle-aged adults with sickle cell disease. Moreover, consistent clinical assessment of chronic pain and psychosocial health should be implemented.