Acceptance and Quality of Life in Individuals with Chronic Pain
thesisposted on 05.11.2016, 00:00 by Lindsay N. Baran
Several studies have suggested that there may be a positive correlation between acceptance of pain and quality of life (QOL). The purpose of this research was to find out whether acceptance has an impact on the QOL of individuals with chronic pain. Current levels of acceptance and QOL were established by having participants complete an online survey, which included the World Health Organization Quality of Life Assessment-Brief version (WHOQOL-BREF) and the Chronic Pain Acceptance Questionnaire (CPAQ). Other variables were also measured, including depression, catastrophizing, pain level, pain duration, and other demographic characteristics. Participants were recruited through various chronic pain organizations, and four hundred and sixty individuals completed the survey. Results confirmed a strong positive correlation between acceptance of pain and QOL. Because these findings illustrate that acceptance of pain may play a critical role in the lives of people with chronic pain, it is necessary to further explore the incorporation of acceptance-based approaches to chronic pain management.