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Psychological distress and self-rated health status in reproductive aged women with pain: findings from a national, cross-sectional survey

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Miller, AM, Judd, F, Dargaville, PA and Neil, AL ORCID: 0000-0002-1344-6672 2019 , 'Psychological distress and self-rated health status in reproductive aged women with pain: findings from a national, cross-sectional survey' , BMC Womens Health, vol. 19, no. 1 , pp. 1-6 , doi: 10.1186/s12905-019-0757-7.

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Abstract

Background: Pain impacts upon psychological wellbeing. In pregnant and postpartum women psychological distress may negatively affect the mother-infant relationship and lead to adverse infant development. Yet, co-occurrence of pain with psychological distress in women of reproductive age has not been investigated. Therefore, this study aimed to: 1) assess prevalence of psychological distress in reproductive aged women by pain severity; and 2) examine the self-rated health status of reproductive aged women with and without pain.Method: Data for women aged 18-49 years were obtained from the 2011-12 Australian Bureau of Statistics National Health Survey. Sample data were weighted to give population estimates. Recent pain severity, self-rated health and psychological distress were analysed for pregnant, breastfeeding and non-pregnant/non-breastfeeding women.Results: Moderate-to-very severe pain was reported by 17.6% of pregnant (sample n = 165, weighted N = 191,856), 25.9% of breastfeeding (sample n = 210, weighted N = 234,601) and 23.9% of non-pregnant/non-breastfeeding women (sample n = 4005, weighted N = 4,607,140). Psychological distress was associated with pain in non-pregnant/non-breastfeeding women (p p = 0.001) and non-pregnant/non-breastfeeding (p Conclusion: Given the strong association between psychological distress and pain in non-pregnant/non-breastfeeding women, and the relatively common occurrence of moderate-to-very severe pain in both pregnant and breastfeeding women, assessment of psychological distress levels in all women of reproductive age who report experiencing moderate-to-very severe levels of pain may be of benefit.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Miller, AM and Judd, F and Dargaville, PA and Neil, AL
Keywords: breastfeeding, pain, pregnancy, psychological distress, reproductive age, women, trends, mental health, emergency department presentations, age
Journal or Publication Title: BMC Womens Health
Publisher: BioMed Central Ltd.
ISSN: 1472-6874
DOI / ID Number: 10.1186/s12905-019-0757-7
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Copyright 2019 The Authors. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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