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Social distancing with chronic pain during COVID-19: A cross-sectional correlational analysis

Donaghy, B, Walker, SC and Moore, DJ (2022) Social distancing with chronic pain during COVID-19: A cross-sectional correlational analysis. PLoS One, 17 (11). ISSN 1932-6203

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Background Understanding of the role social factors play in chronic pain is growing, with more adaptive and satisfying social relationships helping pain management. During the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing measures facilitated a naturalistic study of how changes to social interaction affected chronic pain intensity. Methods In a cross-sectional correlational design, questionnaire data was collected over a 38-day period during the March 2020 COVID-19 lockdown, individuals with chronic pain were asked about their current pain experience as well as notable social factors which might relate to pain. Results Multiple regression analysis revealed social satisfaction significantly predicted pain experience, with a reduction in social participation during COVID-19 lockdowns increasing pain disability, and increased social satisfaction associated with decreasing pain intensity. Conclusions While pain management often focuses on the functional aspects of pain alleviation, these findings suggest psychological aspects of socialising satisfaction also impact pain experience. Pain management strategies should consider ways to increase social satisfaction in individuals with chronic pain, perhaps by facilitating socialisation in the home using remote communication methods similar to those which became popular during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Humans; Cross-Sectional Studies; Communicable Disease Control; Pandemics; Chronic Pain; COVID-19; Physical Distancing; Humans; Physical Distancing; COVID-19; Chronic Pain; Cross-Sectional Studies; Pandemics; Communicable Disease Control; General Science & Technology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV697 Protection, assistance and relief
Divisions: Psychology (from Sep 2019)
Publisher: Public Library of Science
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SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2024 12:17
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2024 12:30
DOI or ID number: 10.1371/journal.pone.0275680
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/22665
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