Psychological Factors Influencing Phantom Pain
Until just a few years ago, the body of literature related to phantom limb pain presented a misleading picture of the psychological status of amputees with chronic phantom limb pain. This situation probably arose because (1) many of the authors based their work and conclusions on unintentionally biased samples drawn from those few amputees requesting treatment and on unsubstantiated assumptions about the general population of amputees, and (2) the frequent failure to differentiate clearly between acute adjustment reactions following amputation and chronic problems.
KeywordsChronic Pain Mental Health Professional Pain Patient Chronic Pain Patient Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory
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