Pain and pain-related fear are associated with functional and social disability in an occupational setting: evidence of mediation by pain-related fear.

E.L. Gheldof*, J. Vinck, E. van den Bussche, J.W.S. Vlaeyen, A. Hidding, G. Crombez

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This study examined the role of work-related, psychosocial and psychological factors in predicting functional and social disability in working employees. In a cross-sectional design, 890 working employees (reporting at least 1 day of back pain during the past year) completed self-report measures of back pain, disability, pain-related fear, negative and positive affectivity, job satisfaction, job stress and physical work load. Regression analyses revealed that pain intensity was a strong predictor of functional (beta =.69, p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)513-525
JournalEuropean Journal of Pain
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2006

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