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dc.contributor.authorHasha, Wegdan
dc.contributor.authorIgland, Jannicke
dc.contributor.authorFadnes, Lars T.
dc.contributor.authorKumar, Bernadette N
dc.contributor.authorHaj Younes, Jasmin
dc.contributor.authorStrømme, Elisabeth Marie
dc.contributor.authorNorstein, Eirin Zerwekh
dc.contributor.authorVårdal, Rolf
dc.contributor.authorDiaz, Esperanza
dc.description.abstractChronic pain is common among refugees, and often related to mental health problems. Its management, however, is often challenging. A randomized waitlist-controlled trial was designed to study the effect of group physiotherapy activity and awareness intervention (PAAI) on reducing pain disorders, and secondarily improving mental health, among Syrian refugees. A total of 101 adult Syrian refugees suffering from chronic pain were randomized to either the intervention group or the control group, which thereafter also received PAAI after a waiting period. Pain intensity measured by the Brief Pain Inventory (BPI) was the primary outcome. Scores from the Impact of Events Scale-Revised (IES-R 22) and the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12) were secondary outcomes. Intention-to-treat analyses (ITT) showed no effect of the intervention on either pain levels (regression coefficient [B {95% CI} of 0.03 {−0.91, 0.96}], IESR scores [4.8 {−3.7, 13.4}] or GHQ-12 scores [−0.4 {−3.1, 2.3}]). Yet, participants highly appreciated the intervention. Despite the negative findings, our study contributes to the evidence base necessary to plan targeted and effective health care services for refugees suffering from chronic pain and highlights the challenge of evaluating complex interventions adapted to a specific group.en_US
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dc.titleThe effect of physiotherapy group intervention in reducing pain disorders and mental health symptoms among syrian refugees: A randomized controlled trialen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.typePeer revieweden_US
dc.rights.holderCopyright the authorsen_US
dc.source.journalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH)en_US
dc.identifier.citationInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH). 2020, 17 (24), 9468.en_US

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