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Papers: 26 Feb 2022 - 4 Mar 2022



J Pain Res


Validating the HELP Survey to Understand Health Disparity Influence on Chronic Pain.


Patel M, Sheikh S, Brailsford J
J Pain Res. 2022; 15:545-560.
PMID: 35228818.


Socioeconomic deprivation is shown to be linked to chronic lower back pain. However, a comprehensive approach to identify key components contributing to pain outcomes using a biopsychosocial model incorporating social determinants of health is needed to develop and tailor successful strategies for mitigating chronic pain development and persistence. We aimed to develop and validate an instrument (the HELP survey) to assess themes characterized by a combination of social determinants of health and the biopsychosocial model in an underserved population. The HELP survey was developed as part of an observational study determining the influence of health disparities on chronic pain interference, The Neighborhood of Pain: Health Disparity Influence on Level of Chronic Pain Interference study (HELP).