Psychological and psychosocial predictors of chronic post-surgical pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Video Author:Emanuele M. Giusti, PhD

Published on:January 26, 2021

This video presents a systematic review and meta-analysis which was undertook to assess the strength of the association between psychological predictors and chronic post-surgical pain. The results suggest that state anxiety is the psychological predictor with the highest effect size, followed by catastrophizing, depression and trait anxiety. Mental health, kinesiophobia and self-efficacy had small effect sizes and optimism was not significantly associated with chronic post-surgical pain. These results have implications for the identifications of patients at risk.