Arthritis and pain. Psychosocial aspects in the management of arthritis pain

Arthritis Res Ther. 2006;8(6):221. doi: 10.1186/ar2083.


The purpose of this review is to summarize psychosocial factors associated with arthritis pain and highlight recent evidence for psychosocial approaches to managing arthritis pain. By definition, psychosocial factors refer to two dimensions of experience: the psychological (cognitive, affective) and social (interacting with others, engaging in life activities). Psychosocial factors influence the perception of pain and the presence of pain influences psychological well-being and social participation. After discussing the impact of arthritis pain on participation in work, family life, and leisure, evidence for psychosocial interventions is summarized, emphasizing reviews and studies published from January 2000 to August 2006.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living / psychology
  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Arthritis / physiopathology
  • Arthritis / psychology*
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Humans
  • Pain / psychology*
  • Perception
  • Quality of Life / psychology
  • Social Support