Document Type

Poster Presentation

Publication Date

Spring 2023


A narrative review (NR) of meta-analyses (MA) and systematic reviews (SR) that assess the effectiveness or efficacy of pain neuroscience education (PNE) on various outcome measures in individuals with chronic musculoskeletal (MSK) pain. Systematic searches were conducted on 4 databases. Study selection included MAs and SRs that assessed the effectiveness or efficacy of PNE on CP populations. Quantitative eligibility criteria included randomized controlled trials (RCTs), adults (18+ years of age), English or Spanish speaking individuals, and reporting of chronic pain (persistent or recurrent pain lasting ≥ 3 months). Qualitative eligibility criteria included individuals reporting chronic pain and experienced a PNE intervention. Information of the 11 included used in this review was analyzed by two reviewers. This narrative review, including 11 reviews, emphasizes the need for further research pertaining to the efficacy and effectiveness of PNE utilization in healthcare. Each of these reviews are laced with varying levels of heterogeneity or low quality of evidence. Additionally, it remains unknown which information is pertinent to be included with PNE to achieve desired outcomes and belief reconceptualization. This is the result of a lack of thorough research and evaluation of PNE due to its recent establishment within healthcare.


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