Healthcare’s reliance on biomedical and pharmaceutical interventions does not prevent suffering from musculoskeletal ailments. Increasingly, evidence-based medicine shows that a biopsychosocial approach is favored instead of opioids prescriptions and imaging referrals. Patient education, exercise, and cognitive behavioral treatments benefit those seeking care, yet how do healthcare professionals implement such interventions (when their training was based on biomedicine)?
There is a big gap between the translation of evidence in clinical evidence - a biopsychosocial framework should integrate the biomed and psychosocial to explain and treat phenomena like cross-talk in chronic MSK pain. There is real hope that utilizing a psychosocial framework will benefit patients, so, BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders enthusiastically announces this Call for Papers with anticipation.
We welcome Research Articles, front-end matter, and Study Protocols on all investigations into this field, such as bio-psychosocial risk and prognostic factors, patient education, communication, biopsychosocial pain management and/or research into contextual (placebo and nocebo) factors. Studies aiming to increase clinical tool reliability and validity in low-income/ socioeconomic settings are encouraged to submit, as well as mind-body approaches such as meditation, mindfulness, hypnosis, imagery, neurofeedback, yoga or cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
Please ensure manuscripts adheres to the submission guidelines for BMC-Series journals. Especially for manuscripts describing randomized trials, qualitative research, and systematic review/ meta-analysis methods, the Equator Network reporting guidelines should be followed. Kindly submit submissions to the Editorial Manager system. Please make sure you submit in Editorial Manager and not our new editorial Springer Nature article processing platform (Snapp).
Proposals for Commentaries, Editorials, and Narrative Reviews will be considered, but editorial pre-approval is required. If you would like to inquire about a study’s suitability of a study for consideration or propose a commissioned topic, please email a pre-submission enquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To submit your manuscript, please use the Editorial Manager submission system. Please indicate in the cover letter that you would like the submission to be considered for the ‘“Psychosocial aspects of musculoskeletal disorders'' Article Collection. The deadline for submissions is 31 December 2022, and articles will be published shortly after each acceptance.
Submissions focussing on a rheumatic condition, not the joint/musculoskeletal aspect, will be considered but may be transferred to BMC Rheumatology pre-acceptance.
Short reports, initial observations and data sets relevant to the collection will be considered in BMC Research Notes. This type of content will be published in BMC Research Notes and included in the final collection.
The relationship between psychosocial factors and reported disability: the role of pain self-efficacy
Chronic pain and the accompanying level of disability is a healthcare crisis that reaches epidemic proportions and is now considered a world level crisis. Chronic non-specific low back pain (CNLBP) contributes...