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Human Studies

2020 Oct 08

Pain Med

Are Illness Perceptions Associated with Pain and Disability in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome? A Cross-Sectional Study.


Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a complex and often poorly understood condition, and people with CRPS will have diverse beliefs about their symptoms. According to the self-regulation model, these beliefs (termed "illness perceptions") influence health behaviors and outcomes. Previous studies have found that psychological factors influence CRPS outcomes, but few studies have investigated CRPS patients' illness perceptions specifically. The present study examined whether illness perceptions were related to pain intensity and other relevant outcomes in people with CRPS.