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Publication . Article . 2009

RETRACTED ARTICLE: Biofeedback for Pain Management in Traumatised Refugees

Julia Müller; Anke Karl; Claudia Denke; Fabienne Mathier; Jennifer Dittmann; Nicolas Rohleder; Christine Knaevelsrud;
Published: 01 Sep 2009 Journal: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, volume 38, pages 184-190 (issn: 1650-6073, eissn: 1651-2316, Copyright policy )
Publisher: Informa UK Limited

Chronic pain (CP) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are both frequent and often comorbid in refugees. To date, few controlled trials have studied the efficacy of treatments targeting this comorbidity; no treatment guidelines yet exist. The authors examined the feasibility and efficacy of short-term cognitive behavioural biofeedback (BF) addressing CP in traumatised refugees. The sample comprised 11 severely traumatised refugees with CP and PTSD (mean age = 36 years, SD = 6), who underwent assessment with the Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview, Posttraumatic Diagnostic Scale, Pain Disability Index, and Visual Rating Scale. Additionally, coping with pain and psychotherapy tolerance were assessed. Acceptance of BF was high. Pre-post effects were small to medium for increased pain management and associated heart rate reactivity but large for coping with pain. The results encourage further research to confirm whether BF is indicated as a treatment component, but not a stand-alone treatment, for traumatised refugees with comorbid CP and PTSD.

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Microsoft Academic Graph classification: Pain management Chronic pain medicine.disease medicine Cognition Physical therapy medicine.medical_specialty Mini-international neuropsychiatric interview Biofeedback medicine.medical_treatment Refugee Coping (psychology) business.industry business Comorbidity


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