In this issue of the Scandinavian Journal of Pain Borghild Løyland publishes a study focusing on chronic pain among long-term social assistance recipients in Norway. She documents how chronic pain and psychological distress often co-occur. When chronic pain and psychological distress do co-occur, they tend to magnify the loss of quality of life that long-term social assistance recipients experience .1Chronic pain is one major reason for early disability retirement in NorwayChronic pain, pain that is there week after week, month after month, year after year, pain that interferes with activities of daily living, pain that reduces ability to have a work to go to, pain that causes regular income to disappear, this type of pain causes patients to have catastrophizing thoughts about never getting back to normal life. They plunge into mental fatigue, depression and suicidal ideas. In Norway, the most common cause of early disability pension is health problems where chronic pain is one major part of the health problem .2Long-term social assistance recipients – i.e. those receiving social assistance more than 6 of the last 12 months – who also have chronic pain and psychological distress – have miserable quality of lifeBorghild Løyland’s data indicate that problems
Scandinavian Journal of Pain – de Gruyter
Published: Apr 1, 2016
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