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MSK Pain -Improves self-efficacy

Improves self-efficacy

Evidence summary

One systematic review with meta-analysis looked at the effect of the physical activity components of self-management programmes on self-efficacy in those with chronic musculoskeletal pain. A small-moderate benefit was observed in the short, medium and long-term [1].

Quality of evidence

Moderate quality

Strength of recommendation



Regular physical activity may improve self-efficacy in those with chronic musculoskeletal pain. Many may report improvements due to the recognised benefit on their pain and function. Consider referring those presenting with a significant psychosocial contribution to group-based exercise intervention programmes with a psychological component.


1         Carnes D, Homer KE, Miles CL, et al.Effective delivery styles and content for self-management interventions for chronic musculoskeletal pain: a systematic literature review. Clin J Pain2012;28:344–54. doi:10.1097/AJP.0b013e31822ed2f3