Psychology of Orthopedics
Orthopaedic surgeons successfully treat millions of patients each year through operative and nonoperative procedures. However, self-reported disability and pain intensity vary greatly among patients undergoing similar treatments or surgical procedures, with only weak correlations between objective data from radiographs or physical exams and patient self-report.
In patients with a variety of musculoskeletal illness concerns, psychological factors such as depression symptoms, health anxiety, or catastrophic thinking are consistently associated with disability and pain intensity.
Suicide and depression have recently emerged as major concerns among orthopaedic surgeons. Previous research has suggested that orthopaedic surgeons have the highest suicide rate of any surgical specialty. Researchers wanted to find out what factors are linked to depression and suicidal ideation (SI) in orthopaedics, including subspecialties.
Physicians are healers who are attempting to heal themselves. Every year, 300 to 400 physicians commit suicide in the United States, and the numbers are increasing.
- Track 1-1 Biopsychosocial Model
- Track 2-2 Psychological Treatment
- Track 3-3 Surgeons