Chronic Pain in the Aftermath of Sexual Assault Public Deposited

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  • August 27, 2021
  • Kashyap, Kaathya
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences
    • Other Affiliation: UNC School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology
  • Acute and chronic pain is a common consequence of sexual assault. Previous research studies conducted by the UNC Institute for Trauma Recovery have shown that Clinically Significant New or Worsening Pain (CSNWP) occurred months following assault in body regions that did not experience physical injury. Such results give rise to the implication that chronic pain is not necessarily related to physical injury, and may develop through other mechanisms. I worked towards understanding the etiology of chronic pain development by analyzing the statistical associations between pain and physical injury using results from a large-scale prospective study (N=706, Mage = 28.4 years, 57.3% white, 15.0% Black). Such an understanding is widely applicable to providing successful care for sexual assault survivors
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