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Health Psychol Open. 2018 Oct 22;5(2):2055102918807406. doi: 10.1177/2055102918807406. eCollection 2018 Jul-Dec.

Interactive effects of pain catastrophizing and mindfulness on pain intensity in women with fibromyalgia.

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Brigham and Women's Hospital, USA.
Massachusetts General Hospital, USA.


The objective of this study was to examine the association between facets of trait mindfulness, pain catastrophizing, and pain severity in a sample of patients with fibromyalgia. Patients with fibromyalgia completed validated baseline and diary assessments of clinical pain, mindfulness, and pain catastrophizing. Multilevel modeling analyses indicated that the daily association between catastrophizing and pain intensity was moderated by certain mindfulness facets. Our findings suggest that various aspects of mindfulness may interact differently with pain and catastrophizing, which may have implications for the design and testing of interventions targeting mindfulness and catastrophizing in fibromyalgia patients.


catastrophizing; chronic pain; fibromyalgia; mindfulness; pain severity

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