Pain locus of control and quality of life index scores in chronic pain patients : a pilot study

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Sherry Denise Andrews Keck (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Donald Kautz

Abstract: Pain is a universal experience and the most common reason individuals seek medical treatment, accounting to more than 70 million physician visits per year in the United States (Schnall, 2003). It is estimated that pain prevalence is high and that 70 million Americans will experience some for of pain annually (Gatchel & Weisberg, 2000). It is further estimated that 50 million Americans suffer from chronic pain (Marx, 2004). Chronic pain can have a negative impact on the perceived quality of life (QOL) of chronic pain sufferers. Pain locus of control (PLOC) is an appraisal style shown to influence coping in chronic pain patients. The purpose of this descriptive pilot study was to examine differences in PLOC dimensions in chronic pain patients and to assess their perceived QOL. Results of this study show differences in PLOC and QOL as well as difficulty with recruitment."--Abstract from author supplied metadata.

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Language: English
Date: 2006
pain, medical treatment, quality of life
Chronic pain--Patients--United States
Chronic pain--Psychological aspects
Chronic pain
Quality of life

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