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What Predicts Pain Coping Style? Three studies of pain coping Open Access
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University of Alberta
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Carroll,Linda (School of Public Health)
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Voaklander,Don (School of Public Health)
Cassidy,David (Health Sciences)
Department of Public Health Sciences
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Master of Science
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Introduction: “Pain coping” refers to cognitive and behavioral pain
management methods. Little is known about the determinants of coping style.
Objective: To investigate factors predicting coping in whiplash-associated
disorders (WAD) and onset of severe neck/low back pain.
Methods: In secondary analyses of three cohort studies (two of WAD and
one of a general population sample), baseline factors were assessed for their
predictive role in subsequent pain coping. Pain coping was assessed using the
Pain Management Inventory (PMI). Baseline information included a wide range
of demographic, socioeconomic and health factors.
Results: Better mental health, but not physical health, predicted high
active coping and low passive coping in all three studies. In WAD, higher neck
pain and headache and poor recovery expectations also predicted high passive
coping. Pain intensity was unrelated to active coping.
Conclusions: Identifying modifiable predictors of coping can aid in
developing effective intervention strategies to improve coping abilities.
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