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Pain Coping Skills Training Doesn’t Improve Knee Arthroplasty Outcomes

Key clinical point: Pain catastrophizing isn’t a prognostic indicator of poor outcome after knee arthroplasty.

Major finding: WOMAC pain scores improved in high–pain-catastrophizing patients plunged from about 12 prior to knee arthroplasty to 2 afterward, regardless of whether they received a perioperative pain coping skills training intervention.

Study details: This was a 402-patient, randomized, three-arm, single-blind, multicenter, U.S. trial.

Disclosures: The presenter reported having no financial conflicts regarding this National Institutes of Health–funded study.

Citation:

REPORTING FROM OARSI 2019