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Comorbid PTSD and pain: How common is it, and how can we treat both disorders?

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Pain is a very common complaint among trauma-affected refugees and yet there are very few studies in this area.1 In our clinical experience at the Competence Centre for Transcultural Psychiatry (CTP), most patients have pain complaints. Headache, for example, is reported by over 95% of our patients, a much higher prevalence than what is seen in the general population (26.1% for tension-type headache, and 14.4% for migraine).2
Pain measured using the Brief Pain Inventory (BPI) in one CTP-study, shows that over 80% of our patients have a severity score at or above the scale midpoint. Furthermore, those with higher baseline pain score are more likely to have a poorer treatment response compared to those who report less impairment and lower levels of pain.3 Understanding the link between PTSD and pain could contribute to the development of interventions that better address the needs of our patients.


  • Sundhedsvidenskab - Transcultural Psychiatry, Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders, including traumatic experience in childhood

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