Pain perception in burn patients with stress disorders

Samuel W. Perry*, David F. Cella, John Falkenberg, George Heidrich, Cleon Goodwin

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Of 134 participants in a burn center analgesia study, 104 were studied to determine the relationshipbetween current symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and pain experienced both non-procedurally and during debridement. On many variables, the 43 patients who met DSM-III Criteria for PTSD were different from the 61 who did not. As predicted, they reported more procedural and non-procedural pain, despite equivalent doses of analgesic medication. They also had larger burns and a higher prevalence of DSM-III delirium. Despite less actual responsibility for the burn, they lelt more guilty about the burn event. Finally, PTSD sufferers were more likely to be male, married, and employed. The implications of these data, in light of recent psychophysiological findings in PTSD, are discussed

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-33
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Pain and Symptom Management
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1987


  • Burn
  • narcotic analgesics
  • pain
  • pain measurement
  • stress
  • trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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