Familial models for chronic pain

Pain. 1984 Feb;18(2):199-203. doi: 10.1016/0304-3959(84)90887-X.


Two groups of patients, the first one with chronic pain, the second one without pain, were compared as to the occurrence of chronic pain in their families. Chronic pain patients had significantly more pain patients in their families (78% of the cases, compared with 44%). Patients with a background of pain in their family may thus have a greater sensitivity to pain and/or a greater tendency towards pain behaviour themselves.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Attitude to Health
  • Child
  • Chronic Disease
  • Family Characteristics
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pain / genetics*
  • Pain / psychology
  • Probability
  • Sick Role*
  • Socioeconomic Factors