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Adult nursing
Holistic care is a key research priority for chronic musculoskeletal pain: findings from an evidence and gap map
  1. Dawn V Ernstzen
  1. Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Division of Physiotherapy, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa
  1. Correspondence to Professor Dawn V Ernstzen, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa; dd2{at}

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Commentary on: Lyng KD, Djurtoft C, Bruun MK, Christensen MN, Lauritsen RE, Larsen JB, Birnie KA, Stinson J, Hoegh MS, Palsson TS, Olesen AE, Arendt-Nielsen L, Ehlers LH, Fonager K, Jensen MB, Würtzen H, Poulin PA, Handberg G, Ziegler C, Moeller LB, Olsen J, Heise L, Rathleff MS. What is known and what is still unknown within chronic musculoskeletal pain? A systematic evidence and gap map. Pain. 2023 Jul 1;164(7):1406-1415. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000002855. Epub 2023 Jan 5.


Implications for practice and research

Interdisciplinary care for chronic musculoskeletal pain (CMSP) is important to address the multifaceted impact of the condition.

  • Future studies of high quality should explore mental health interventions, social interventions and interdisciplinary interventions for CMSP, using patient-centred and economic outcomes.


Chronic musculoskeletal pain (CMSP) is a major cause of disability,1 affecting individuals, healthcare systems …

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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