Survival with pain: an eight-year follow-up of war-wounded refugees.
2001 (English)In: Medicine, conflikt and survival, ISSN 1362-3699, Vol. 17, no 2, 102-111 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim of this study was to investigate the nature of chronic pain in male war-wounded refugees and to examine the relationship between chronic pain and psychiatric symptoms. A culturally heterogeneous group of 44 war-wounded refugees were investigated during hospitalization, shortly after arrival, and followed up after two years. This study is an additional follow-up after eight years. The data collection methods used were structured interviews and physical examination. The measures of outcome were: Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) grading of pain, clinical categorization of pain into nociceptive or neurogenic, Hopkins Symptom Check List (HSCL-25), Post Traumatic Symptom Scale (PTSS-10). Chronic pain was found in 32 (73%) out of 44 subjects. The pain was purely nociceptive and neurogenic in 53% and 25%, respectively. The frequency of psychiatric symptoms was significantly related to the mean intensity of pain. War-wounded refugees display psychiatric symptoms and chronic pain in a complex pattern. Further research is needed as a basis for pain rehabilitation programmes suitable for this group.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2001. Vol. 17, no 2, 102-111 p.
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-25953Local ID: 10400OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-25953DiVA: diva2:246501