Psychosocial and Psychiatric Sequelae of Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain and Disability Disorders

Part of the Handbooks in Health, Work, and Disability book series (SHHDW)


As recently noted by Dewa, Corbière, Durand, and Hensel (2013), there have been many studies revealing a close association between musculoskeletal disorders and mental health disorders. For example, Buist-Bouwman, de Graaf, Vollebergh, and Ormel (2005) reported that workers with chronic physical disorders, such as chronic back problems, were significantly more likely to have a mood or anxiety disorder. In addition, Franche et al. (2009), in following a group of Canadian workers who had an occupational-related musculoskeletal disorder, noted that about 43 % of these workers had much higher levels of depressive symptoms that persisted among 27 % of these workers 6 months later. As Dewa et al. (2013) note:


Chronic Pain Chronic Pain Patient Occupational Injury Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Gate Control Theory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Texas at ArlingtonArlingtonUSA

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