Accepting low back pain: Is it related to a good quality of life?

Victoria L. Mason, Beth Mathias, Suzanne M. Skevington

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    OBJECTIVES: Whether individuals with chronic low back pain (CLBP) are willing to accept their pain, is of interest to pain management, but how far is the acceptance of pain related to a good quality of life (QoL)? Recently available measures now enable this question to be investigated; these are (1) the Chronic Pain Acceptance Questionnaire (CPAQ) and a revised version, here described as a short-form (SF-CPAQ), and (2) the World Health Organization Quality of Life Assessment (WHOQOL)-Pain, which is composed of the generic WHOQOL-100 profile (25 facets in 6 domains), and 4 additional facets within a specific pain and discomfort module (PDM). METHOD: Eighty-six CLBP outpatients (62.8% female, mean age 54.3 y, mean pain duration 69.4 mo) completed the CPAQ and WHOQOL-Pain, mailed 2 weeks before a pain clinic appointment. RESULTS: General QoL was positively associated with overall acceptance of pain (CPAQ: r=0.376, P=0.003; SF-CPAQ: r=0.582, P
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)22-29
    Number of pages7
    JournalClinical Journal of Pain
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2008


    • Chronic low back pain
    • CPAQ
    • Pain acceptance
    • Quality of Life
    • WHOQOL-Pain


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