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2022 Mar 16

Scand J Pain

Exploration of the trait-activation model of pain catastrophizing in Native Americans: results from the Oklahoma Study of Native American pain risk (OK-SNAP).


Lannon EW, Hellman N, Huber FA, Kuhn BL, Sturycz CA, Palit S, Payne MF, Guereca YM, Toledo T, Shadlow JO, Rhudy JL
Scand J Pain. 2022 Mar 16.
PMID: 35289511.


Native Americans (NAs) have the highest prevalence of chronic pain of any racial/ethnic group. This issue has received little attention from the scientific community. One factor that may contribute to racial pain disparities is pain catastrophizing. Pain catastrophizing is a construct related to negative pain outcomes in persons with/without chronic pain. It has been suggested that the relationship between trait catastrophizing and pain is mediated by situation-specific (state) catastrophizing. The present study has 2 aims: (1) to investigate whether state pain catastrophizing mediates the relationship between trait catastrophizing and experimental pain (e.g., cold, ischemic, heat and electric tolerance), and (2) to investigate whether this relationship is stronger for NAs.