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Master of Science


Health Related Sciences

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Otto Payton


The purpose of this study was to measure the illness behavior of acute and chronic upper extremity pain patients using the Illness Behaviour Questionnaire (IBQ), to determine' the rehabilitation outcome by pre-set criteria, and to determine the effectiveness of the seven scales of the IBQ in predicting the problem pain patient. Each subject completed a self-administered test packet which included the IBQ. Each was identified by the investigator as a problematic or as a problematic patient using information in the medical chart. Patients entering the study with acute pain (n=12) had less pain upon discharge and returned more quickly to activities of vocation, avocation and daily living than did the chronic pain patients (n=8). Statistical analysis of the IBQ scores of the problematic and a problematic patients did not support the use of the IBQ as a predictor of the problem pain patient.


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