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Table of Contents--Volume 44, Number 2

Effects of depression and pain severity on satisfaction in medical outpatients: Analysis of the Medical Outcomes Study, pg. 143

Patient satisfaction is a critical measure of healthcare quality. We performed this study to see how depression and pain severity affected patient satisfaction in medical outpatients. We analyzed data from the Medical Outcomes Study and found that pain was very common and patients with depression and pain were much more likely to be dissatisfied with their healthcare. These findings may also have care-delivery implications, should dissatisfaction indicate poorer quality of care. Further study is needed to determine the reasons for dissatisfaction with care in patients with depression and pain.

Veterans seeking treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder: "What about comorbid chronic pain" pg. 153

In veterans who were being treated for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), many (66%) were also diagnosed with chronic pain problems by their doctors. This is the first study to show that people with PTSD have pain-related conditions according to their doctors. The veterans who told their primary care doctor that they had pain before PTSD treatment said that their pain was less during and after the PTSD treatment. However, this finding was based on a review of charts, so other reasons could also explain the improvement in pain symptoms. More research about treatment for veterans with pain and PTSD is needed.

Prevalence and correlates of posttraumatic stress disorder and chronic severe pain in psychiatric outpatients, pg. 167

This study contributes to the growing literature on the co-occurrence of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and chronic severe pain. We found moderate rates of PTSD (46%) and chronic severe pain (40%) in a sample of psychiatric outpatients. In addition, 24% of the sample had both disorders. We found th
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Contact: Dore Mobley
Dore.Mobley@va.gov
410-962-1800 x229
Journal of Rehabilitation Research
30-May-2007


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