Psychological Aspects and Quality of Life in Chronic PainView this Special Issue
Psychological Aspects and Quality of Life in Chronic Pain
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 . Chronic pain, usually defined as lasting for a period of more than 3 months, is prevalent in a variety of diseases including peripheral neuropathy [2–8], neurodegenerative diseases [9, 10], and cancer . Presence of chronic pain has an independent additional burden to patients’ mental health, increasing significantly the risk of depression . Successful management of pain, with both pharmacological and nonpharmacological approaches, can improve the quality of life and ameliorate patients’ mental health status [13–18].
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.
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The editors declare that there are no conflicts of interest.
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