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Social Anxiety, Pain Catastrophizing and Return to Work Self-efficacy in chronic pain: A Cross-sectional Study
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Örebro universitet.
Örebro universitet.
Örebro universitet.
2016 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Pain, ISSN 1877-8860, E-ISSN 1877-8879, Vol. 11, no April, 98-103 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background and aims

Returning to work after periods of sick-leave due to chronic pain problems, involve a number of situations of interpersonal nature (e.g. meeting supervisors/insurance companies to adapt work setting to present functional level, receive help from colleagues, express pain, etc.). Since chronic pain has shown co-morbidity with social anxiety, it is of interest to investigate restraining factors in return to work among chronic pain sufferers from a social perspective. Catastrophizing is identified in both pain and social anxiety as a mechanism that might fuel a continuous bias in how situations are perceived (threat) and by hindering the development of functional behavior strategies. The presence of social anxiety in chronic pain patients might be seen as a stressor that limits the individuals’ ability to effectively communicate pain-related needs to colleagues, and/or employers and therefore act as a hindering factor in return-to-work. Hence, the overall aim of this study was to examine the relationship between social anxiety, pain catastrophizing, and perceived ability to communicate pain-related needs to the work environment in a clinical pain population.

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2016. Vol. 11, no April, 98-103 p.
Keyword [en]
Clinical pain population, Co-morbidity, Communicating pain-related needs, Pain catastrophizing, Return to work, Social anxiety
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Applied Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-27465DOI: 10.1016/j.sjpain.2015.10.005ISI: 000378138300017Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84962682604OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-27465DiVA: diva2:921472
Available from: 2016-04-20 Created: 2016-04-20 Last updated: 2016-12-09Bibliographically approved

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