High-Impact Chronic Pain: Improving Understanding/Treatment
Data from 13 interdisciplinary pain centers was gathered for the Danish Clinical Pain Registry. The registry, called PainData, is internet based, and “established to improve the understanding and treatment of high-impact chronic pain. The primary aim of this paper is to describe socio-demographics, pain characteristics, quality of life, and treatment values at baseline and follow-up in individuals referred to public and private interdisciplinary pain centers in Denmark between 2018 and 2020.”
Among the criteria/findings:
- Mean duration of pain was 10 years
- 1 in 3 patients reported chronic widespread pain
- >40% reported opioid use
- 50% tried ≥4 treatment modalities prior to referral
- >60% reported deficits in memory/concentration, poor sleep, and severe fatigue
- High scores for pain catastrophizing, fear of movement, and pain-related disability
- Low scores on pain acceptance and self-efficacy
- Self-rated physical health: poor
- Self-rated mental health: fair
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