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2022 Dec 22

BMC Musculoskelet Disord



Mental health among patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain and its relation to number of pain sites and pain intensity, a cross-sectional study among primary health care patients.


Garnæs K K, Mørkved S, Tønne T, Furan L, Vasseljen O, Johannessen H H
BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2022 Dec 22; 23(1):1115.
PMID: 36544130.


Chronic musculoskeletal pain (CMP) is characterised by pain related to the muscles or the joints with a duration of three months or more and is associated with high symptomatic burden in patients in primary health care. CMP is commonly associated with impaired mental health, which may affect the rehabilitation process. The primary aim of this study was to compare symptoms of anxiety, depression, fatigue, and insomnia in patients in primary health care with and without CMP. The secondary aim was to assess difference in mental health symptoms related to number of pain sites and pain intensity.