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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-26148

Jenewein, J; Wittmann, L; Moergeli, H; Creutzig, J; Schnyder, U (2009). Mutual influence of posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms and chronic pain among injured accident survivors: A longitudinal study. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 22(6):540-548.

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The relationship between acute stress disorder (ASD), posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms (PTSD), and chronic pain was investigated in a longitudinal study of injured accident victims (N = 323, 64.7% men). Assessments took place 5 days (T1), 6 (T2) months, and 12 (T3) months postaccident. Relations between pain and posttraumatic stress symptoms were tested by structural equation modeling. Subjects diagnosed with full or subsyndromal PTSD at T2 and at T3 (14 and 19%) reported significantly higher pain intensity. Cross-lagged panel analysis yielded a mutual maintenance of pain intensity and ASD or PTSD symptoms across T2. Across the second half year, PTSD symptoms impacted significantly on pain but not vice versa. Clinicians need to pay careful attention to PTSD symptoms in accident survivors suffering from chronic pain.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Date:18 November 2009
Deposited On:22 Dec 2009 10:07
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:40
Additional Information:The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com
Publisher DOI:10.1002/jts.20453
PubMed ID:19924822

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