Table 5

Mean (SEM) scores for mediating and outcome variables—patients with and without a reported history of childhood adversity and/or availability of confidant

No reported childhood adversity and confidant available (n = 84)Reported childhood adversity or no confidant available (n = 39)Reported childhood adversity and no confidant available (n = 10)p Value*
*Adjusted for age, sex, socioeconomic status, and diagnosis.
†SF36 physical component summary score and SF36 mental component summary score.
Symptom experience
    Pain score (VAS)53.5 (3.0)60.8 (4.4)67.1 (8.7)0.198
    HAD total (“distress score”)13.0 (0.8)17.2 (1.2)20.4 (2.4)0.001
Outcome variables
    SF36 physical†42.7 (1.2)37.5 (1.8)34.3 (3.7)0.017
    SF36 mental†46.4 (1.2)40.8 (1.7)37.9 (3.4)0.006
    Follow up SF36 change in healthχ2
        Same/improved55 (69.6%)22 (62.9%)3 (42.9%)2.29
        Worse24 (30.4%)13 (37.1%)4 (57.1%)p = 0.318