Suicide and Pain: Research Explores Links to Suffering, Acceptance, Burden
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD—Walking among his three clinical research posters at the recent annual meeting of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, pain expert David Fishbain, MD, stopped in his tracks and stated the obvious.
“As you can probably tell,” the Pain Medicine News editorial advisory board member said while waving at the three pieces of research he was involved in, “we are pretty interested in suicidality.”
That interest has spawned a series of studies on various psychological aspects of suicidality in pain patients from Dr. Fishbain and his colleagues from Florida’s University of Miami School of Medicine. The three works explore questions surrounding the effects of burden, acceptance and suffering on both pain and suicidality. The studies, presented in poster form at the AAPM meeting, also touch on specific predictors and screening strategies to assess for suicidality in a pain population.
The Burden of Burden