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Psychological characteristics of people with spinal cord injury-related persisting pain referred to a tertiary pain management center

Kathryn Nicholson Perry, PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons), et al.

Pain is a common result of spinal cord injury (SCI) and is related to increased distress and disability. Previous studies have found that the available treatments were not entirely effective. This study found that people presenting to a hospital for treatment of their pain experienced high levels of pain and that many had received the recommended treatments but continued to experience problems. Receiving usual care from the hospital did not reduce pain, increase confidence to deal with it, or relieve concerns about the meaning of the pain. These findings suggest that other types of treatment are required to assist with these problems.

Volume 46 Number 1, 2009
   Pages 57 — 68

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