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Attention to pain and fear of pain in patients with chronic pain

Geert Crombez UGent, Ilse Viane UGent, Christopher Eccleston, Jacques Devulder and Liesbet Goubert UGent (2013) JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE. 36(4). p.371-378
abstract
To investigate how acceptance of illness affects chronic pain in terms of attention towards pain and fearful thinking of pain. 62 participants (50 women) with chronic pain carried a palmtop computer for 2 weeks. Eight times each day auditory signals were delivered to cue participants to complete questions about their experience. Multilevel analyses indicated that on moments with more intense pain, more fearful thinking about pain, and less positive emotions, attention to pain was increased. Illness acceptance did not moderate the relation between pain intensity and attention to pain. Results further indicated that on moments with more intense pain, more negative emotions, and less positive emotions, fearful thinking about pain was increased. Of particular interest was the finding that the relationship between pain intensity and fearful thinking about pain was less strong for those high in acceptance. Pain captures attention and elicits fearful thinking about pain. Acceptance may be a useful avenue to lower negative thinking about pain, and to increase well-being in patients with chronic illnesses.
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DISENGAGEMENT, MODEL, INTERFERENCE, AWARENESS, CATASTROPHIC THINKING, ACCEPTANCE, QUESTIONNAIRE, VIGILANCE, FIBROMYALGIA, INFORMATION, Chronic pain, Acceptance, Attention, Fear
journal title
JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE
volume
36
issue
4
pages
371 - 378
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Article
Web of Science id
000321780000005
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PSYCHOLOGY, CLINICAL
JCR impact factor
2.855 (2013)
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23/111 (2013)
JCR quartile
1 (2013)
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0160-7715
DOI
10.1007/s10865-012-9433-1
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English
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yes
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A1
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2958129
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2958129
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2012-07-09 10:36:29
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2013-09-02 15:12:43
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  abstract     = {To investigate how acceptance of illness affects chronic pain in terms of attention towards pain and fearful thinking of pain. 62 participants (50 women) with chronic pain carried a palmtop computer for 2 weeks. Eight times each day auditory signals were delivered to cue participants to complete questions about their experience. Multilevel analyses indicated that on moments with more intense pain, more fearful thinking about pain, and less positive emotions, attention to pain was increased. Illness acceptance did not moderate the relation between pain intensity and attention to pain. Results further indicated that on moments with more intense pain, more negative emotions, and less positive emotions, fearful thinking about pain was increased. Of particular interest was the finding that the relationship between pain intensity and fearful thinking about pain was less strong for those high in acceptance. Pain captures attention and elicits fearful thinking about pain. Acceptance may be a useful avenue to lower negative thinking about pain, and to increase well-being in patients with chronic illnesses.},
  author       = {Crombez, Geert and Viane, Ilse and Eccleston, Christopher and Devulder, Jacques and Goubert, Liesbet},
  issn         = {0160-7715},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE},
  keyword      = {DISENGAGEMENT,MODEL,INTERFERENCE,AWARENESS,CATASTROPHIC THINKING,ACCEPTANCE,QUESTIONNAIRE,VIGILANCE,FIBROMYALGIA,INFORMATION,Chronic pain,Acceptance,Attention,Fear},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {371--378},
  title        = {Attention to pain and fear of pain in patients with chronic pain},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10865-012-9433-1},
  volume       = {36},
  year         = {2013},
}

Chicago
Crombez, Geert, Ilse Viane, Christopher Eccleston, Jacques Devulder, and Liesbet Goubert. 2013. “Attention to Pain and Fear of Pain in Patients with Chronic Pain.” Journal of Behavioral Medicine 36 (4): 371–378.
APA
Crombez, Geert, Viane, I., Eccleston, C., Devulder, J., & Goubert, L. (2013). Attention to pain and fear of pain in patients with chronic pain. JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE, 36(4), 371–378.
Vancouver
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Crombez G, Viane I, Eccleston C, Devulder J, Goubert L. Attention to pain and fear of pain in patients with chronic pain. JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE. 2013;36(4):371–8.
MLA
Crombez, Geert, Ilse Viane, Christopher Eccleston, et al. “Attention to Pain and Fear of Pain in Patients with Chronic Pain.” JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE 36.4 (2013): 371–378. Print.