Douglas E DeGood

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Based primarily on anecdotal evidence, patients with reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) have often been suspected of having a high degree of psychosocial disturbance prior to the onset of symptoms as well as in reaction to the disorder. In the present study, patients presenting to a pain center with RSD were compared to patients with low back (LBP) and(More)
One hundred and ninety-eight patients suffering from chronic low back pain seen at the University of Virginia (U.S.) Pain Center and 117 similar patients seen at the Auckland Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand (N.Z.) Pain Clinic completed a self-report questionnaire prior to beginning comparable outpatient treatment programs. Approximately 55% of the sample(More)
College students (25 men and 25 women) were randomly assigned (within sex) to each of the 4 factorial groups, based on manipulation of affect quality (positive vs. negative) and directional focus (internal vs. external) of mental imagery, and to a control group receiving no manipulation. Both imagery variables had a significant impact on pain tolerance and(More)
The postoperative prescription and administration of analgesics following cardiac surgery for 50 children were compared with those of 50 adults. Six children were the only patients in the sample who were prescribed no postoperative analgesics. Overall, children were prescribed significantly fewer potent narcotics. The administration data revealed even more(More)
Chronic pain patients frequently report that weather conditions affect their pain; however, no standardized measures of weather sensitivity have been developed. We describe the development and use of the Weather and Pain Questionnaire (WPQ) which assess patient sensitivity to meteorologic variables defined by the National Weather Service (e.g., temperature,(More)
Standard psychological tests generally provide a single global score that reflects multidimensional constructs, such as depression and anxiety. This single score, however, integrates a range of item contents, including cognitive/affective, somatic, and behavioral characteristics of these multidimensional constructs. The present study was designed to compare(More)