JPR: The Editor’s choice

The Editor’s choice September 2018

Written by Jess Fiedorowicz, Editor of the Journal of Psychosomatic Research

referring to the Article title:

Predictors of pain, urinary symptoms and quality of life in patients with chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CPPS): A prospective 12-month follow-up study

by Christoph Dybowski, Bernd Löwe, Christian Brünahl

JPR, Vol. 112, p99-106


Editor’s Commentary:

Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CPPS) is often associated with a substantial loss in quality of life (QoL). While cross-sectional studies show strong associations of CPPS with psychological factors, longitudinal studies are rare. This study examined psychological variables, pain, urinary symptoms and impediments to QoL in 109 female and male patients during and 12 months after visiting a specialized outpatient clinic. The higher depressive-anxious symptoms were initially, the higher were pain, urinary symptoms and impediments to QoL after 12 months. Furthermore, impediments to QoL after 12 months were only predicted by initial depressive-anxious symptoms, but neither by pain nor by urinary symptoms.

Jess G. Fiedorowicz


Journal of Psychosomatic Research


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