Physical and sexual abuse among orofacial pain patients: Linkages with pain and psychologic distress

Translated title of the contribution: Physical and sexual abuse among orofacial pain patients: Linkages with pain and psychologic distress

Shelly L. Curran, Jeffrey J. Sherman, Lauren L.C. Cunningham, Jeffrey P. Okeson, Kevin I. Reid, Charles R. Carlson

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Abstract

This study examines the incidence of and the potential correlates of sexual and physical abuse among facial pain patients. An anonymous survey composed of standardized self-report measures of abuse, pain, and psychologic status was distributed to 120 adult facial pain patients following their initial evaluations. Forty-five questionnaires were returned by mail. In addition, 106 charts were randomly selected from a population of 520 new patients seen at the Orofacial Pain Center during the same time period that data from tbe anonymous survey were collected. Results of the anonymous survey indicated that 68.9% of the patients reported a bistory of abuse. Conversely, a chart review revealed that only 8.5% of the patients indicated a history of abuse on the clinic questionnaire. History of abuse was significantly related to greater pain severity, depression, psychologic distress, and various personality characteristics. Overall, this study indicates that tbe assessment of tbe history of abuse may be an important factor in the evaluation and treatment of facial pain.

Translated title of the contributionPhysical and sexual abuse among orofacial pain patients: Linkages with pain and psychologic distress
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)340-346
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Oral and Facial Pain and Headache
Volume9
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1995

Keywords

  • Abuse
  • Chronic pain
  • Facial pain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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