Epidemiology of chronic pain in Ukraine: Findings from the World Mental Health Survey

Autoři: Anna Xu aff001;  Elizabeth Hilton aff003;  Riley Arkema aff004;  Nathan L. Tintle aff005;  Luralyn M. Helming aff004
Působiště autorů: Cognitive, Linguistics, & Psychological Sciences, Brown University, Providence, RI, United States of America aff001;  Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, United States of America aff002;  Department of Psychological Science, Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT, United States of America aff003;  Department of Psychology, Dordt University, Sioux Center, IA, United States of America aff004;  Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics, Dordt University, Sioux Center, IA, United States of America aff005
Vyšlo v časopise: PLoS ONE 14(10)
Kategorie: Research Article
doi: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0224084


Chronic pain can pose a serious challenge in everyday life for many individuals globally, especially in developing countries, but studies explicitly exploring risk factors of chronic pain beyond demographic characteristics using survey data have been scarce. To address this problem, this study analyzed World Health Organization data on chronic pain in Ukraine to explore demographic, psychological, and treatment perception-related risk factors to chronic pain. We replicated previous reports of older age, female sex, married status, inadequate financial resources, and comorbidity of other physical conditions as significant demographic risk factors for chronic pain diagnosis but not necessarily for severe pain. We also found evidence for psychological risk factors and treatment perceptions as significant predictors for chronic pain diagnosis and its severity. These results provide a first step in examining beyond demographic risk factors for chronic pain diagnosis and severity and, instead, assessing potential psychological risk factors.

Klíčová slova:

Epidemiology – Finance – Medical risk factors – Mental health and psychiatry – Pain psychology – Pain sensation – Ukraine – Rheumatic pain


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