Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-35385
Garcia Nuñez, D; Rufer, M; Leenen, K; Majohr, K L; Grabe, H; Jenewein, J (2010). Lebensqualität und alexithyme Merkmale bei Patienten mit somatoformer Schmerzstörung. Der Schmerz, 24(1):62-68.
- Registered users only
View at publisher
BACKGROUND: Patients with somatoform pain disorders (SPD) frequently display reduced quality of life (QoL) and increased levels of alexithymia. This study investigated the association of QoL and alexithymia in a sample of SPD. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Fifty-one patients with SPD (average time since onset: 11.6 years) were assessed in terms of alexithymia (TAS-20), QoL (WHOQOL-BREF), psychological distress and somatisation (SCL-90-R), and depression (MADRS). RESULTS: In SPD patients a significant negative correlation was observed between QoL and alexithymia, particularly the psychological domain of QoL and the TAS-20 total score (r=-.63, p<.001). The TAS-20 subscale "Difficulty Describing Feelings" was revealed to be a significant predictor of the psychological domain of QoL (beta=-.34, p<.01), even after controlling for depression, somatisation and gender. CONCLUSION: Patients with SPD show a remarkably reduced QoL and alexithymia appears to play a significant role for low QoL. Clinicians need to pay careful attention to alexithymia with regard to diagnosis and treatment planning in SPD patients.
300 downloads since deposited on 16 Aug 2010
27 downloads since 12 months
|Other titles:||Quality of life and alexithymia in somatoform pain disorder|
|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|
|Deposited On:||16 Aug 2010 08:40|
|Last Modified:||05 Apr 2016 14:13|
|Additional Information:||The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com|
Users (please log in): suggest update or correction for this item
Repository Staff Only: item control page