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Zoekopdracht: faculteit: "ACTA" en publicatiejaar: "2010"

AuteursC. de Roos, M.A. Veenstra, A. de Jongh, M.E. den Hollander-Gijsman, N.J.A. van der Weer, F.G. Zitman, Y.R. van Rood
TitelTreatment of chronic phantom limb pain using a trauma-focused psychological approach
TijdschriftPain Research & Management
SamenvattingBACKGROUND: Chronic phantom limb pain (PLP) is a disabling
chronic pain syndrome for which regular pain treatment is seldom effective. Pain memories resulting from long-lasting preamputation pain or pain flashbacks, which are part of a traumatic memory, are reported to be powerful elicitors of PLP.

OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether a psychological treatment directed
at processing the emotional and somatosensory memories associated with
amputation reduces PLP.

METHODS: Ten consecutive participants (six men and four women) with chronic PLP after leg amputation were treated with eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). Pain intensity was assessed during a two-week period before and after treatment (mean number of sessions = 5.9), and at short- (three months) and long-term (mean 2.8 years) follow-up.

RESULTS: Multivariate ANOVA for repeated measures revealed an overall
time effect (F[2, 8]=6.7; P<0.02) for pain intensity. Pairwise comparison showed a significant decrease in mean pain score before and after treatment (P=0.00), which was maintained three months later. All but two participants improved and four were considered to be completely pain free at three months follow-up. Of the six participants available at long-term follow-up (mean 2.8 years), three were pain free and two had reduced pain intensity.

CONCLUSIONS: These preliminary results suggest that, following a
psychological intervention focused on trauma or pain-related memories,
substantial long-term reduction of chronic PLP can be achieved. However, larger outcome studies are required.
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