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RMJ. 2017; 42(2): 165-168

Fear avoidance beliefs contribute to chronicity and severity of neck pain

Hania farheen, Huma Riaz, Saba Murad, Sana Shabbir, Maham Abid.


Objective: To determine association of Fear Avoidance Beliefs with gender, pain intensity, duration and exercise in neck pain patients.
Methodology: This cross sectional study was conducted on 405 neck pain patients, aged 30 to 60 years from July 1, 2014 to December 1, 2014 at Riphah College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Rawalpindi, Pakistan. The sample included school teachers, office workers, health care professionals and bankers with frequent complains of neck pain. Fear avoidance belief questionnaire (FABQ) was used to assess the fear. The data were analyzed on SPSS.
Results: Out of 405 patients, 245 (60%) were females and 165 (40%) males. There was significant difference in fear avoidance score in gender both for physical activity (p

Key words: FAB (fear avoidance beliefs), FABPA (fear avoidance beliefs for physical activity), FABW (fear avoidance beliefs for work) FABQ (fear avoidance belief questionnaire)

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