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2022 May-Jun

Mo Med



Characteristics of Patients with Non-Cancer Pain and Perceived Severity of COVID-19 Related Stress.


Scherrer JF, Miller-Matero LR, Salas J, Sullivan MD, Secrest S, Autio K, Wilson L, Amick M, Debar L, Lustman PJ, Gebauer S, Ahmedani B
Mo Med. 2022 May-Jun; 119(3):229-236.
PMID: 36035570.


Synopsis Patients with non-cancer pain reported increased pain and pain interference during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic. We determined if pain, prescription opioid use, and comorbidities were associated with perceived COVID-19-related stress as the pandemic peaked. Analysis of survey data revealed that depression/anxiety, pain severity, and pain interference were most strongly and consistently associated with greater stress due to COVID-19 related changes in lifestyle, worsening of emotional/mental health and worsening pain. Identifying specific stressful experiences that most impacted patients with non-cancer pain may help target public health and treatment interventions.