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Predicting who will respond to nerve block therapy. Is neuroticism a factor?

Nagle, Shandelle (2004) Predicting who will respond to nerve block therapy. Is neuroticism a factor? Masters by Coursework thesis, Murdoch University.

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The aim of the current research was to determine whether psychosocial variables predicted who would respond to nerve block treatment in 33 adults (11 males and 22 females) ranging from 20 to 79 years of age. Participants completed the NEO PI-R, General Health Questionnaire, Roland Morris Disability Questionnaire and Pain experience Visual Analogue Scales before and after nerve block treatment. Regression analysis indicated age was the only variable to predict response to nerve block therapy. Results showed neuroticism did not influence change in pain scores but did influence the affective stages of pain processing. Those responding to treatment reported reductions in pain, emotional and psychological distress and increased activities of daily living.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters by Coursework)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Psychology
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Supervisor(s): Drummond, Peter
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