Injustice Perception in Chronic Pain: Shaped Through Expectation and Experience

A tendency to perceive pain as an irreparable or unjust experience may vary widely between people and across situations. Sullivan and colleagues have termed this pattern of thinking “injustice perception”, and have proposed that it is comprised of two, related ways of viewing pain: perceiving inequity or unfairness inherent within the experience of … [Read more...]

Investigating the path from expectancies to outcome

A considerable number of studies in many areas of medicine have suggested there is a link between patients’ expectancies for recovery and health outcomes[1,5,6]. A patient that expects that the treatment will help them recover, is more likely to recover than a patient with lower expectations. These relationships are found in both (chronic) pain and … [Read more...]

Expecting bad things – what are the repercussions?

I am currently on the train to Wauchope, NSW to visit my husband who is doing a rural medical placement. Now in my head, I decided that train food would be shocking and so when low and behold, I got my meal, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that it was not only edible but quite…delicious?  I know! It knocked me for one too. However, this is … [Read more...]