Pain characteristics in patients admitted to hospital with complications after spinal cord injury

Barrett, Helen, McClelland, Joan M., Rutkowski, Susan B. and Siddall, Philip J. (2003) Pain characteristics in patients admitted to hospital with complications after spinal cord injury. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 84 6: 789-795. doi:10.1016/S0003-9993(02)04944-4

Author Barrett, Helen
McClelland, Joan M.
Rutkowski, Susan B.
Siddall, Philip J.
Title Pain characteristics in patients admitted to hospital with complications after spinal cord injury
Journal name Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0003-9993
Publication date 2003-06-01
Year available 2003
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/S0003-9993(02)04944-4
Open Access Status
Volume 84
Issue 6
Start page 789
End page 795
Total pages 7
Place of publication Maryland Heights, MO, United States
Publisher W.B. Saunders
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objectives: To determine characteristics of pain, the relation between pain and mood, the effect of pain on activities, and the perceived difficulty in coping with pain in patients hospitalized for treatment of complications associated with spinal cord injury (SCI).

Design: Cohort survey.

Setting: Hospital inpatient unit in Australia.

Participants: Consecutive sample of patients (N=88) admitted to a hospital spinal injuries unit with complications after SCI. Two eligible patients declined to participate.

Intervention: Face-to-face interview with questionnaire

Main Outcome Measures: Pain severity, global self-rated health, mood (Kessler Mood Inventory), and interference with activities (Von Korff disability scale).

Results: Sixty-six (75%) of the 88 subjects experienced pain, with an average time of onset ± standard deviation of 8.02±12.4 years; 27% of those with pain described it as severe or excruciating. Subjects with pain were less likely to rate their global health as excellent or very good when compared with those who did not have pain (22% vs 44%, respectively). Patients with pain had significantly greater levels of psychologic distress than did people with SCI and no pain.

Conclusions: Pain is a common problem in people admitted to hospital with SCI for treatment of other complications. It has a significant impact on activities and is associated with a reduction in global self-rated health and higher levels of psychologic distress.
Keyword Pain
Spinal cord injuries
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes PMID: 12808528

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Medicine Publications
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