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Title: An examination of predictors of quality of life for people with chronic pain
Author: O'Neil, Jacqueline Marie
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2001
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Chronic pain in the UK is a sizeable problem for the health service. Back pain in particular is one of the most costly conditions for which an economic analysis is available in terms of days lost from employment and in socials security benefits. Chronic pain impacts negatively on quality of life and has high personal and interpersonal costs in terms of pain related disability. Disability impacts negatively on psychological status and well-being, social interactions and economic or vocational status. Psychological management chronic pain involves increasing individuals' levels of functional activity thereby reducing pain related disability. The first aim of this study, therefore, was to establish if overall quality of life for people with chronic pain was predicted by level of functional activity. The second aim of the study was to identify specific predictors of functional activity. Possible predictors were hypothesised to include mood, and employment status, but not severity or intensity of pain, or quality of social support. Fifty consecutive subjects with chronic pain attending their first appointment at one of two pain clinics, were assessed by self report questionnaire on measures of quality of life, functional status, mood, social support and pain. A control group of forty-five subjects with chronic diabetes attending a follow-up appointment at a diabetes clinic were also assessed by self report questionnaire on all measures expect pain. Results are discussed with reference to previous research findings.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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