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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Abstract

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
Volume47
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1999

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Attention to chronic pain is dependent upon pain-related fear. / Crombez, G; Eccleston, Christopher; Baeyens, F; van Houdenhove, B; van den Broeck, A.

In: Journal of Psychosomatic Research, Vol. 47, No. 5, 11.1999, p. 403-410.

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Crombez, G, Eccleston, C, Baeyens, F, van Houdenhove, B & van den Broeck, A 1999, 'Attention to chronic pain is dependent upon pain-related fear', Journal of Psychosomatic Research, vol. 47, no. 5, pp. 403-410. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0022-3999(99)00046-X
Crombez, G ; Eccleston, Christopher ; Baeyens, F ; van Houdenhove, B ; van den Broeck, A. / Attention to chronic pain is dependent upon pain-related fear. In: Journal of Psychosomatic Research. 1999 ; Vol. 47, No. 5. pp. 403-410.
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