Comparison of patients diagnosed with “complex pain” and “somatoform pain”

Comparison of patients diagnosed with “complex pain” and “somatoform pain” AbstractBackground and aimChronic pain conditions can be diagnosed and treated in both somatic and psychiatric settings. It is still a discussed and unanswered question whether the two groups of patients differ. The purpose of this short article is to inform further reflections concerning the classifications of somatoform pain and complex pain.MethodSociodemographic and questionnaire data concerning anxiety and depression, perceived injustice, well-being, and levels of psycho-physiological functioning were compared for patients diagnosed with complex pain (somatic diagnosis) at a pain clinic and somatoform pain (psychiatric diagnosis) at a Liaison-psychiatric clinic.ResultsVery little differences were found between patients with complex pain (N = 162) and somatoform conditions (N = 89). Both patient groups were seriously impaired both physically and mentally.ConclusionThese comparisons lend support to the viewpoint of non-segregation of somatoform and complex pain.ImplicationsPain treatment might be better-managed in common multidisciplinary centers with specialists in both pain treatment and psychiatric aid. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Scandinavian Journal of Pain de Gruyter

Comparison of patients diagnosed with “complex pain” and “somatoform pain”

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de Gruyter
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© 2017 Scandinavian Association for the Study of Pain
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1877-8860
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1877-8879
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10.1016/j.sjpain.2017.07.001
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AbstractBackground and aimChronic pain conditions can be diagnosed and treated in both somatic and psychiatric settings. It is still a discussed and unanswered question whether the two groups of patients differ. The purpose of this short article is to inform further reflections concerning the classifications of somatoform pain and complex pain.MethodSociodemographic and questionnaire data concerning anxiety and depression, perceived injustice, well-being, and levels of psycho-physiological functioning were compared for patients diagnosed with complex pain (somatic diagnosis) at a pain clinic and somatoform pain (psychiatric diagnosis) at a Liaison-psychiatric clinic.ResultsVery little differences were found between patients with complex pain (N = 162) and somatoform conditions (N = 89). Both patient groups were seriously impaired both physically and mentally.ConclusionThese comparisons lend support to the viewpoint of non-segregation of somatoform and complex pain.ImplicationsPain treatment might be better-managed in common multidisciplinary centers with specialists in both pain treatment and psychiatric aid.

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Scandinavian Journal of Painde Gruyter

Published: Oct 1, 2017

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