Predictive factors of chronic pain and disability in whiplash: A Delphi poll

Jordi Miró, Rubén Nieto and Anna Huguet

The purpose of this study was to establish consensus on what factors might predict chronic pain and disability in whiplash injuries following motor vehicle collisions.  A Delphi poll involving two rounds of data collection was used as a way to reach consensus among participating experts.  Participating experts identified several physical, historical, psychological, and behavioral response factors that they believed were related to the development of chronic pain and related disability in people who have developed whiplash-associated disorders.   These findings may be used to help identify the specific domains that should be assessed in studies seeking to predict which individuals are at risk to develop chronic pain and disability following initial whiplash-associated disorders sustained in crash.

European Journal of Pain, 2008, 12(1), 30-47

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