In this issue of the Scandinavian Journal of Pain Matilda Wurm and her co-workers publish a study on the consequences of cooccurrence of social anxiety and pain-related fear in chronic pain patients receiving multimodal pain rehabilitation . This is the second study from the strong pain research group in Örebro concerning social anxiety, and how social anxiety complicates the situation and increases the burden of suffering in patients with chronic pain . Social anxiety, particularly when severe and disabling, is a significant barrier to the efforts of health care providers trying to relieve pain and reduce pain-interference of psychosocial and physical functions.The aim of this recent study was to study different patterns of social anxiety and how they influence pain-related fear. Among 180 patients undergoing multimodal pain rehabilitation for musculoskeletal pain conditions they found a subgroup of 30 patients with high scores on the Social Phobia Screening Questionnaire and high pain-related fear of painful movements on the Tampa Scale of Kinesiophobia. This group of patients had higher levels of anxiety vulnerability, negative affect, and higher general emotional symptomatology.1Individually tailored treatment for chronic pain patients with high social anxietyClearly, patients with chronic pain who in addition struggle with social anxiety
Scandinavian Journal of Pain – de Gruyter
Published: Jul 1, 2016
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