Psychological influences on surgical recovery. Perspectives from psychoneuroimmunology.

  title={Psychological influences on surgical recovery. Perspectives from psychoneuroimmunology.},
  author={Janice K. Kiecolt-Glaser and Gayle Giboney Page and Phillip T. Marucha and Robert C Maccallum and Ronald Glaser},
  journal={The American psychologist},
  volume={53 11},
Greater fear or distress prior to surgery is associated with a slower and more complicated postoperative recovery. Although anxiety presumably interferes with recuperation through both behavioral and physiological mechanisms, the pathways have been unclear. Recent work in psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) has demonstrated that stress delays wound healing. In addition, a second line of research has illustrated the adverse effects of pain on endocrine and immune function. A biobehavioral model is… CONTINUE READING

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