Attention to chronic pain is dependent upon pain-related fear

G Crombez, Christopher Eccleston, F Baeyens, B van Houdenhove, A van den Broeck

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Pain interrupts, distracts, and is difficult to disengage from. In this study, the role of pain-related fear in moderating attentional interference produced by chronic pain was investigated. Forty chronic pain patients completed a list of questionnaires assessing pain severity, pain-related fear (Tampa Scale for Kinesiophobia), and negative affect (Negative Emotionality scale). Attentional interference was measured by a numerical interference test. Multiple regression analysis revealed that the attentional interference was best predicted by the interaction between pain severity and pain-related fear. These results are discussed in terms of how pain-related fear creates a hypervigilance to pain.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)403-410
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Psychosomatic Research
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1999


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