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Is illness behavior related to chronicity in patients with intractable pain?
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PMID:  1026899     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
One hundred patients, referred for the management of intractable pain, completed a 52-item Illness Behaviour Questionnaire (IBQ). Responses were scored on 7 scales: general hypochondriasis, disease conviction, psychological versus somatic perception of illness, affective inhibition, affective disturbance, denial and irritability. IBQ scale profiles were used to study the relationship between chronicity of pain and pattern of illness behaviour reported. Except in the case of one scale, no significant correlation emerged. This overall lack of association between chronicity and illness behaviour remained even when the patient sample was restricted to those 20 patients having substantial organic pathology associated with their pain. These findings suggest that degree of chronicity is unlikely to play a major role in determining the illness behaviour manifested by patients with intractable pain.
I Pilowsky; N D Spence
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pain     Volume:  2     ISSN:  0304-3959     ISO Abbreviation:  Pain     Publication Date:  1976 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1977-07-29     Completed Date:  1977-07-29     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7508686     Medline TA:  Pain     Country:  NETHERLANDS    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  167-73     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Chronic Disease
Hypochondriasis / diagnosis
Middle Aged
Pain, Intractable*
Sick Role*

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