Well being in chronic low back pain found to be associated with psychological resources and subjective evaluations

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Well being in chronic low back pain found to be associated with psychological resources and subjective evaluations

According to a recent interpretation accompanied by the scientists of Heidelberg University and German Centre of Gerontology, well-being as well as individuals with pain found be significantly associated with subjective and psychological measures. As the harmful effects of nonspecific chronic low back pain (CLBP) on the individual's quality of life is well recognised but CLBP is known as a different group, and not all patients of this group can be comprised in the category of well-being.

The study consequently reviewed this heterogeneity by distinguishing profiles of well-being and their correlates among 239 CLBP subjects which categorised into three groups as per two-step cluster analysis; cluster one (high well-being), cluster two (moderate well-being), and cluster three (continually low well-being).

The investigation involved several well-being indicators along with the assessment of pain-related measures, biographical factors, somatosensory profiles, sociodemographic indicators and psychosocial resources in considering the multidimensionality of subjective well-being along with in-depth characterisation of the well-being profiles, respectively.

The cluster three exhibited the highest indicators of anxiety, affective distress and depression and lower levels of noted control over life. The weak to moderate effect size was noticed as the significant differences between well-being profiles for the biographical, socioeconomic, and psychosocial measure. Although, greater effect sizes were noted among the clusters for differences in pain severity and subjective, but not objective, pain incapacity. Subsequently, the difference in the psychosocial resources presented with the most significant effects. As per findings instead of objective measure, subjective and psychological measures showed better association outcomes.


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Original title of article:

Subjective and Objective Well-Being Profiles in Chronic Back Pain


Markus Wettstein et al.

Exploratory, Low Back Pain, Spine, Chronic
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