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Chronic pain, social withdrawal, and depression

Authors Harris RA

Received 17 July 2014

Accepted for publication 18 July 2014

Published 15 September 2014 Volume 2014:7 Pages 555—556


Checked for plagiarism Yes

Rebecca Arden Harris

Department of Family and Social Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, USA

Wallace et al1 used an effective combination of qualitative methods, ie, photographs taken by patients with accompanying narratives, interviews, and focus group sessions, to elicit descriptions of the daily realities of living with chronic pain from the patient perspective. The details are intimate and poignant. Patients tell of how they must curtail everyday activities in order to cope with the discomfort, of their frustration in trying to relay their situation to others, and of their despair at the thick-skinned reception they sometimes get because pain presents differently from other ailments. Primary care physicians will learn a lot from these images, particularly with regard to depression as a comorbidity of chronic pain.

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