The Role of Childhood and Adulthood Abuse Among Women Presenting for Chronic Pain Management

  title={The Role of Childhood and Adulthood Abuse Among Women Presenting for Chronic Pain Management},
  author={Carmen R. Green and Heather Flowe-Valencia and Lee Rosenblum and Alan R. Tait},
  journal={The Clinical Journal of Pain},
ObjectiveThis study investigated the association between repeated childhood and adulthood abuse and somatic symptom reporting, mental health care use, and substance use among women with chronic pain. DesignA survey of a consecutive sample. PatientsNinety consecutive women patients presenting for chronic pain management at a multidisciplinary pain management center. Outcome MeasuresThe authors assessed the presence or absence of physical or sexual abuse (using the Drossman Physical-Sexual Abuse… 
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