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Table 3 IPQ-R dimensions in patients with CWP (n = 152)

From: Illness beliefs among patients with chronic widespread pain - associations with self-reported health status, anxiety and depressive symptoms and impact of pain

  Mean (SD), range Possible range
Identity, n = 95 8.0 (2.5), 0–14 0–14
Timeline acute/chronic, n = 143 26.6 (3.7), 14–30 6–30
Timeline cyclic, n = 149 14.0 (3.7), 4–20 4–20
Consequences, n = 145 21.6 (4.4), 8–30 6–30
Personal control, n = 141 17.7 (4.0), 8–30 6–30
Treatment control, n = 145 14.1 (3.4), 5–25 5–25
Illness coherence, n = 144 17.6 (5.3), 5–25 5–25
Emotional representation, n = 145 18.7 (5.3), 6–30 6–30
Subscale High score for the dimension indicates a belief…
Identity that the symptoms are part of the illness
Timeline acute/chronic that the illness is permanent rather than temporary
Timeline cyclical that the illness is cyclical in nature
Consequences that the illness has negative consequences
Personal control of good personal control over symptoms
Treatment control that the illness is amenable to treatment
Illness coherence of personal understanding of the illness
Emotional representation that the illness will affect the emotional well being