Pain and depression in gynecology patients

Ellen L. Poleshuck, Matthew J. Bair, Kurt Kroenke, Arthur Watts, Xin Tu, Donna E. Giles

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Background: The prevalence and consequences of comorbid pain and depression in gynecology patients are understudied. Objective: The purpose of the study was to determine the prevalence of pain, depression, and their co-occurrence among gynecology patients, and to examine how pain and depression are associated with additional comorbid mental disorders. Method: Selfreported pain, depressive symptoms, other mental-disorder symptoms, functional status, interpersonal distress, and abuse were assessed in 1,647 gynecology patients by use of the Patient Health Questionnaire and the Medical Outcomes Study (SF-20). Results: Moderate-to-severe pain was reported by 29% of patients; depression, by 21%; with both present in 10.3%. Comorbid pain and depression was associated with anxiety, suicidal or death ideation, functional impairment, interpersonal distress, and physical or sexual abuse. Discussion: Innovative approaches are needed to assess and treat gynecology patients with comorbid pain and depression, given the degree of overlap between them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)270-276
Number of pages7
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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