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2021 Jan-Dec

J Prim Care Community Health


Central Sensitization Symptom Severity and Patient-Provider Relationships in a Community Setting.


Wang X, Ebbert JO, Gilman EA, Rosedahl JK, Ramar P, Philpot LM
J Prim Care Community Health. 2021 Jan-Dec; 12:21501327211031767.
PMID: 34235997.


Central sensitization syndromes (CSS) comprise an overlapping group of clinical conditions with the core feature of "pain arising as a direct consequence of a lesion or disease affecting the somatosensory system." Patients with CSS are known to have challenging interactions with healthcare providers contributing to psychological distress and increased healthcare utilization. CSS symptom severity has been associated with psychologic comorbidities, but little is known about how symptom severity relates to provider interactions.