Fear Avoidance Behaviour

Acceptance in chronic neck pain: associations with disability and fear avoidance beliefs.

Thompson DP, Woby SR. Int J Rehabil Res. 2017 Apr 25. doi: 10.1097/MRR.0000000000000230.

Changes in pain-related fear and pain when avoidance behaviour is no longer effective.

van Vliet CM, Meulders A, Vancleef LMG, Meyers E, Vlaeyen JWS. J Pain. 2019 Sep 18. pii: S1526-5900(19)30810-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2019.09.002.

Decrease of fear avoidance beliefs following person-centered progressive resistance exercise contributes to reduced pain disability in women with fibromyalgia: secondary exploratory analyses from a randomized controlled trial

Palstam A, Larsson A, Löfgren M, Ernberg M, Bjersing J, Bileviciute-Ljungar I, Gerdle B, Kosek E, Mannerkorpi K. Arthritis Res Ther. 2016 May

Fear avoidance beliefs in back pain-free subjects are reflected by amygdala-cingulate responses


Fear of pain changes movement: Motor behaviour following the acquisition of pain-related fear

Karos K, Meulders A, Gatzounis R, Seelen HAM, Geers RPG, Vlaeyen JWS. Eur J Pain. 2017 Apr 25. doi: 10.1002/ejp.1044.

Fear-avoidance beliefs-a moderator of treatment efficacy in patients with low back pain: a systematic review.


Fearful thinking predicts hypervigilance towards pain-related stimuli in patients with chronic pain


Generalization of Pain-Related Fear Based on Conceptual Knowledge.

Meulders A, Vandael K, Vlaeyen JW. Behav Ther. 2017 May;48(3):295-310. doi: 10.1016/j.beth.2016.11.014.

Implicit evaluations and physiological threat responses in people with persistent low back pain and fear of bending

J.P. Caneiro, Peter O’Sullivan, Anne Smith, G. Lorimer Moseley, Ottmar V. Lipp. Scandinavian Journal of Pain. October 21, 2017. DOI:10.1016/j.sjpain.2017.09.012

Investigating the Fear Avoidance Model in People with Whiplash: The Association between Fear of Movement and in vivo Activity.

Pedler A, Kamper SJ, Maujean A, Sterling M. Clin J Pain. 2017 Jun 6. doi: 10.1097/AJP.0000000000000524.

Kinesiophobia and its Association with Health Related Quality of Life Across Injury Locations

Penny Goldberg, Giorgio Zeppieri, Joel Bialosky, Charlotte Bocchino, Jon van den Boogaard, Susan Tillman, Terese L. Chmielewski. Arch Phys Med and Rehab. July 28, 2017. DOI:10.1016/j.apmr.2017.06.023

Mindfulness and Chronic Headache/Migraine: Mechanisms Explored through the Fear-Avoidance Model of Chronic Pain.

Komandur B, Martin PR, Bandarian-Balooch S. Clin J Pain. 2017 Dec 21. doi: 10.1097/AJP.0000000000000580

Neural correlates differ in high and low fear-avoidant chronic low back pain patients when imagining back-straining movements

Barke A, Preis MA, Schmidt-Samoa C, Baudewig J, Kröner-Herwig B, Dechent P. J Pain. 2016 May

Neural Correlates of Fear of Movement in Patients with Chronic Low Back Pain vs. Pain-Free Individuals.

Meier ML, Stämpfli P, Vrana A, Humphreys BK, Seifritz E, Hotz-Boendermaker S. Front Hum Neurosci. 2016 Jul

Pain-related fear is more disabling than pain itself: evidence on the role of pain-related fear in chronic back pain disability.


Pain-Related Fear, Pain Intensity and Function in Individuals With Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.

Martinez-Calderon J, Flores-Cortes M, Morales-Asencio JM, Luque-Suarez A. J Pain. 2019 Dec;20(12):1394-1415. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2019.04.009.

Physical activity, fear avoidance, and chronic non-specific pain: A narrative review


The association between fear of movement, pain catastrophizing, pain anxiety and protective motor behavior in persons with peripheral joint conditions of a musculoskeletal origin: a systematic review.

De Baets L, Matheve T, Timmermans A. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2020 Apr 28. doi: 10.1097/PHM.0000000000001455.

The opportunity to avoid pain may paradoxically increase fear.

van Vliet CM, Meulders A, Vancleef LMG, Vlaeyen JWS. J Pain. 2018 May 16. pii: S1526-5900(18)30185-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2018.05.003.

The relationship between knowledge of pain neurophysiology and fear avoidance in people with chronic pain: A point in time, observational study.

Fletcher C, Bradnam L, Barr C. Physiother Theory Pract. 2016 Apr 6

The role of sex/gender in the experience of pain: resilience, fear, and acceptance as central variables in the adjustment of men and women with chronic pain.


Threat Response System: Parallel Brain Processes in Pain vis-à-vis Fear and Anxiety.

Elman I, Borsook D. Front Psychiatry. 2018 Feb 20;9:29. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2018.00029.

Turning Pain Into Cues for Goal-Directed Behavior: Implementation Intentions Reduce Escape-Avoidance Behavior on a Painful Task.

Karsdorp PA, Geenen R, Kroese FM, Vlaeyen JW. J Pain. 2015 Dec 30

Volumetric brain correlates of approach-avoidance behavior and their relation to chronic back pain.

Nees F, Ruttorf M, Fuchs X, Rance M, Beyer N. Brain Imaging Behav. 2019 May 7. doi: 10.1007/s11682-019-00110-x.

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