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Pain Research and Management
Volume 2019, Article ID 8346161, 2 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2019/8346161
Editorial

Psychological Aspects and Quality of Life in Chronic Pain

1Medical School, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus
2Paolo Procacci Foundation, Via Tacito 7, Roma, Italy
3Athens Medical Centre, Athens, Greece
4Department of MESVA, University of L’Aquila, L’Aquila, Italy

Correspondence should be addressed to Panagiotis Zis; moc.liamg@sizsikat

Received 21 May 2019; Accepted 21 May 2019; Published 12 June 2019

Copyright © 2019 Panagiotis Zis et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Pain, if not the worst, is one of the worst symptoms that a patient experiences and has a detrimental effect on the patients’ quality of life [1]. Chronic pain, usually defined as lasting for a period of more than 3 months, is prevalent in a variety of diseases including peripheral neuropathy [28], neurodegenerative diseases [9, 10], and cancer [11]. Presence of chronic pain has an independent additional burden to patients’ mental health, increasing significantly the risk of depression [12]. Successful management of pain, with both pharmacological and nonpharmacological approaches, can improve the quality of life and ameliorate patients’ mental health status [1318].

In this special issue, the readers will find ten articles, covering a wide spectrum of types of pain and types of interventions and comprising “Association of depression/anxiety symptoms with neck pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis of literature in China” by F. Liu et al.; “Pain intensity is not always associated with poorer health status: exploring the moderating role of spouse personality” by C. Suso-Ribera et al.; “Topical review: basic psychological needs in adolescents with chronic pain—a self-determination perspective” by A. Riggenbach et al.; “The mediating effect of central sensitization on the relation between pain intensity and psychological factors: a cross-sectional study with mediation analysis” by H. Shigetoh et al.; “Negative affect, type D personality, quality of life, and dysfunctional outcomes of total knee arthroplasty” by M. Vogel et al.; “Pain acceptance and its associated factors among cancer patients in mainland China: a cross-sectional study” by X. Xu et al.; “Reward processing under chronic pain from the perspective of “liking” and “wanting”: a narrative review” by X. Liu et al.; “Living with chronic pain: a qualitative study of the daily life of older people with chronic pain in Chile” by I. Rodríguez et al.; “Personality and personality disorders in medication overuse headache: a controlled study by SWAP-200” by F. Galli et al.; and “Quality of life in painful peripheral neuropathies: a systematic review” by A. Girach et al.

Conflicts of Interest

The editors declare that there are no conflicts of interest.

Panagiotis Zis
Giustino Varrassi
Athina Vadalouka
Antonella Paladini

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