Pain-related disability, PTSD symptoms, and mood among a comorbid chronic pain and PTSD sample prior to and during the COVID-19 pandemic

David E. Reed, Briana Cobos, Elizabeth A. Lehinger, Paul S. Nabity, Kenneth E. Vail, Donald D. McGeary

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Abstract

There is a knowledge gap when treating comorbid chronic pain and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) during the COVID-19 pandemic. Addressing this gap, 169 individuals (57.4% female), aged 39.8 years were recruited based on levels of pain-related disability and PTSD symptoms. Participants were assessed prior to, and during, the COVID-19 pandemic. Improvements in pain-related disability were marginally attenuated for the comorbid group, compared to the chronic pain group. Results show that some condition-specific symptoms may not have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Cautious interpretation is warranted due to only two time points and the lack of a diverse sample.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • PTSD
  • chronic pain
  • mood
  • pain-related disability
  • pandemic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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