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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.

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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.


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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:27 Nov 2013 17:16
Additional Information:The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
Publisher DOI:10.1007/s00482-009-0882-6
Related URLs:http://www.zora.uzh.ch/44550/
PubMed ID:20143101

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