Robert G. Large

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Information on the prevalence of pain in the general population has relevance for the allocation of health services and for understanding of chronic pain. In 1986 a sample of 1498 adults were interviewed using the Diagnostic Interview Schedule. Questions on pain were taken from the somatisation section of the interview schedule. These responses were used to(More)
Chronic fatigue syndrome is an illness characterised by extreme fatigue of uncertain origin which has been present for at least six months. The fatigue should have a sudden onset and be severe enough to substantially reduce the patient's day to day activities.' A number of other symptoms are associated with chronic fatigue syndrome including complaints of(More)
OBJECTIVE To undertake a comparative examination of the reliability and validity of two frequently used self-report measures of functional disability, the Pain Disability Index (PDI) and the Oswestry Low Back Pain Disability Questionnaire (OLBPDQ). DESIGN A descriptive ex-post facto design was used in the study. SETTING Pain clinics and neurosurgical(More)
This study investigated the clinical efficacy of in- and outpatient pain management programmes in comparison with a control group. Following physical examination and psychosocial assessments, and after obtaining informed consent, patients were randomly assigned to 1 of 3 groups: (1) a 4 week multidisciplinary inpatient pain management programme; (2) a 9(More)
This study sought to test whether a cognitive-hypnotic intervention could be used to decrease skin reactivity to histamine and whether hypnotizability, physiological variables, attitudes, and mood would influence the size of the skin weals. Thirty eight subjects undertook three individual laboratory sessions; a pretest session to determine sensitivity to(More)
Pain management has improved in the past few decades. Opioid analgesics have become the mainstay in the treatment of cancer pain whilst inter-disciplinary pain management programmes are the generally accepted approach to chronic pain of non-malignant origin. Recently some pain specialists have advocated the use of opioids in the long-term management of(More)
This study reports a 9-18 month follow-up of a randomised controlled trial of pain management programmes for chronic, non-malignant pain. Twenty-two inpatients, 18 outpatients and 12 control subjects completed the follow-up assessments. Significant treatment effects were demonstrated by the inpatient group on pain ratings, the Pain Behaviour Checklist, and(More)
The assessment of patients with chronic pain is receiving increasing attention by psychiatrists. Recent publications have put forward the concept of the "pain-prone disorder" as a variant of depressive illness. This study describes a series of 50 consecutive patients with chronic pain in terms of the five axes of the DSM-III nosology. Diagnoses were made(More)
Hypnosis has been used to ameliorate skin test reactivity in studies dating back to the 1930s. This study using modern methodology and statistical analyses sets out to test the hypothesis that it was possible to decrease reactions to histamine by hypnotic suggestion. Five subjects, all asthmatic and untrained in hypnosis, were given three hypnotic sessions(More)
The efficacy of self-hypnosis in the treatment of chronic pain was evaluated using a multiple baseline design for five patients referred to the Auckland Hospital Pain Clinic. Subjects were selected for high hypnotisability using the Stanford Hypnotic Clinical Scale. Daily records of pain intensity, sleep quality, medication requirements, and self-hypnosis(More)