Believe in yourself to reduce pain and disability of musculoskeletal conditions says review of the evidence

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attitude, self-belief, self-efficacy, chronic pain, arthritis magazineHigher levels of self-belief improve many aspects of health for people with chronic musculoskeletal pain, experts explain in the Journal of Pain.

The research team looked at 27 studies about self-efficacy in chronic musculoskeletal pain.

“Higher self-efficacy levels are associated with greater physical functioning, physical activity participation, health status, work status, satisfaction with the performance, efficacy beliefs, and lower pain intensity, disability, disease activity, depressive symptoms, presence of tender points, fatigue and presenteeism,” the team explains.

Healthcare professionals should identify people with low self-belief to try to improve outcomes of treatment for their chronic musculoskeletal pain.

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