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Lumbopelvic pain associated with catastrophizing and fear-avoidance beliefs in early pregnancy
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences.
2009 (English)In: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, ISSN 0001-6349, E-ISSN 1600-0412, Vol. 88, no 4, p. 378-385Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective. To examine and compare levels of catastrophizing, fear-avoidance beliefs, physical ability, and health-related quality of life in women with and without lumbopelvic pain (LP and NLP) in early pregnancy. Design. A cross-sectional study of early pregnancy. Setting. Five midwife clinics, one in the center, two in the outskirts of Stockholm, and two in a medium-sized town. Population. Three hundred and twenty-four women in the 19th-21st week of pregnancy. Methods. Questionnaires. Main outcome measures. The Pain Catastrophizing Scale of exaggerated negative thoughts about pain experiences, the Fear-Avoidance Beliefs Questionnaire of beliefs about how physical activity and work affect back pain, the Disability Rating Index of physical ability, and the Nottingham Health Profile to assess health-related quality of life. Results. Two groups were defined: LP (n=141) and NLP (n=183). The Mann-Whitney U-test was used for comparisons. Pregnant women with LP had significantly (p0.05) higher levels of exaggerated negative thoughts and fear-avoidance beliefs. They also had lower physical ability and health-related quality of life compared to women in the NLP group. Conclusions. It is important to consider exaggerated negative thoughts about pain experiences and fear-avoidance beliefs when treating women with LP during pregnancy and to be aware of the great impact lumbopelvic pain has on women's lives during early pregnancy.

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Taylor & Francis, 2009. Vol. 88, no 4, p. 378-385
Keywords [en]
Back pain, disability, fear of movement, pelvic pain
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Nursing
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Nursing Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-14214DOI: 10.1080/00016340902763210ISI: 000264638400003PubMedID: 19235556Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-64849104300OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-14214DiVA, id: diva2:391580
Available from: 2011-01-25 Created: 2011-01-25 Last updated: 2017-12-11Bibliographically approved

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