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Title: Pain-related fear in acute low back pain: The first two weeks of a new episode
Authors: Sieben, Judith M.
Vlaeyen, Johannes ×
Tuerlinckx, Srine
Portegijs, Piet J. M. #
Issue Date: 2002
Series Title: European Journal of Pain vol:6 issue:3 pages:229-237
Abstract: The overall aim of this study was to explore the natural course of pain-related fear during the early stage of a new low back pain episode, using a prospective case series design. Specific research questions addressed the existence of typical patterns in individual time series of pain-related fear and sequential relationships between the occurrence of pain-related fear, pain and pain catastrophizing. Forty-four general practice patients who consulted their physician with a new episode of non-specific low back pain were recruited. They completed diaries on pain-related fear, pain and pain catastrophizing for 14 days following the consultation. Follow-up questionnaires on disability were completed at 3 months and 12 months. Time series analyses produced subgroups of patients with descending, stable and rising levels of pain-related fear over the 2-week period. These groups differed on baseline characteristics and outcome at follow-up. A time-shift between the occurrence of pain-events and pain-related fear or pain catastrophizing could not be demonstrated.In summary, these results fit in with previous findings in chronic patients. A relevant subgroup of patients who might benefit from early intervention could be identified. These findings support the need for further research into fear mechanisms in acute low back pain.
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ISSN: 1090-3801
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Health Psychology
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