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High risk of depression and suicide attempt among chronic pain patients: always explore catastrophizing and suicide thoughts when evaluating chronic pain patients
Department of Pain Management and Research, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway; Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway.
Department of Pain Management and Research, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway.
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work. (Center for Health And Medical Psychology, CHAMP)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5359-0452
2014 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Pain, ISSN 1877-8860, E-ISSN 1877-8879, Vol. 5, no 1, p. 1-3Article in journal, Editorial material (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A grave but important problem in the treatment of pain, is suicide. While many chronic pain problems are not life threatening, self-harming, e.g. suicide attempts are. Clinicians may ask whether suicide-risk is actually higher in a population of patients with chronic pain. In this issue of the Scandinavian Journal of Pain Elsebeth Stenager and her co-workers publish an important study in which they have combined the WHO research database in Odense on all suicide attempts in Southern Denmark with the database on patients referred to the multidisciplinary university pain clinic in Odense,Denmark. The WHO-database comprises only suicide attempts that resulted in hospitalization, i.e. they were all serious attempts. Suicide attempts of less serious character are not registered, so the research database is probably underestimating the real number of suicide attempts. The unique strength of the Stenager et al. study is that their data are strong, objective data fromc ombining the registry data on suicide attempts with their chronic pain patient-data. This enables the researchers to compare the pain–patient–population with the general population. We are not aware of any similar research on the real risk of suicide-attempts among the many who are burdened by chronic non-cancer pain.

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Elsevier, 2014. Vol. 5, no 1, p. 1-3
Keywords [en]
chonic pain, suicide, suicide attempts, catastrophizing, depression, prevention
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Psychology
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Psychology; Health and Medical Care Research
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-38955DOI: 10.1016/j.sjpain.2013.11.004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84892368230OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-38955DiVA, id: diva2:774813
Available from: 2014-12-29 Created: 2014-11-24 Last updated: 2018-06-14Bibliographically approved

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