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Title
The role of psychological factors in the perpetuation of pain intensity and disability in people with chronic shoulder pain: a systematic review
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Introduction Chronic shoulder pain is a very complex syndrome, and the mechanisms involved in its perpetuation remain unclear. Psychological factors appear to play a role in the perpetuation of symptoms in people with shoulder chronicity. The purpose of this systematic review is to examine the role of psychological factors in the perpetuation of symptoms (pain intensity and disability) in people with chronic shoulder pain. Methods and analysis A systematic search was performed on PubMed, AMED, CINAHL, PubPsych and EMBASE from inception to July 2017. Longitudinal studies with quantitative designs analysing the role of psychological factors on pain intensity, disability or both were included. The methodological quality of the included studies was evaluated with an adapted version of the Newcastle Ottawa Scale. The level of evidence per outcome was examined using the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation approach. Results A total of 27 articles were included with a sample of 11 176 people with chronic shoulder pain. The risk of bias ranges from 7/21 to 13/21 across the studies. The quality of the evidence was very low. High levels of self-efficacy, resilience and expectations of recovery were significantly associated with low levels of pain intensity and disability. Inversely, high levels of emotional distress, depressive symptoms, anxiety, preoperative concerns, fear-avoidance beliefs, somatisation and pain catastrophising were significantly associated with high levels of pain intensity and disability. Discussion Our results suggest that psychological factors may influence the perpetuation of pain intensity and disability, with very low evidence. A meta-analysis was not carried out due to the heterogeneity of the included studies so results should be interpreted with caution.
Language
English
Source (journal)
BMJ open. - London, 2011, currens
Publication
London : Bmj publishing group , 2018
ISSN
2044-6055
Volume/pages
8 :4 (2018) , 16 p.
Article Reference
e020703
ISI
000435176700186
Pubmed ID
29654040
Medium
E-only publicatie
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Last edited 20.09.2021
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