The prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in a general pain population was found to be higher than previously believed, according to new research presented at the American Pain Society’s 2016 annual scientific meeting. Most previous research has focused on the veteran population, rather than general pain and chronic pain patients. The investigators from the University of Washington in Seattle posited that PTSD is “often overlooked and not considered in treatments” of the pain population. Moreover, while they pointed out that it has been shown to be a factor in quality of life and affects mood in many patients, PTSD has rarely been examined in pain patients “aside from veterans.” They therefore examined not only the incidence of PTSD in a general pain population, but how its symptoms correlated with other pain-related outcomes.
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