Pain catastrophizing harms post-surgical outcomes | APS

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  • Higher levels of pain catastrophizing were associated with lower six-minute walk distances and higher stair-climbing times following total knee replacement (TKR). 

Why this matters

  • Identifying the determinants of functional outcomes is a critical step in identifying potentially high-risk patients and refining adjunctive therapies to improve outcomes. 

Study design

  • In advance of TK replacement surgery, investigators at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston had participants complete psychological questionnaires such as the Pain Catastrophizing Scale.
  • Participants also completed several physical functioning measures, including the six-minute walk test and a stair-climbi...