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Muscoskeletal pain and performance on cognitive tasks over the adult life span.
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2006 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, ISSN 0036-5564, Vol. 47, no 5, 349-359 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The present study aimed at comparing participants with and without self reported musculoskeletal pain in a normal population with regard to performance on a range of tests for episodic memory, semantic memory, and other cognitive functions and to see if expected differences interacted with age. The results showed that participants with pain performed worse on a range of tasks as compared to participants without pain, and that these differences occurred regardless of age. The most robust effects of pain were displayed on tests for vocabulary and construction ability as these were the only effects that remained significant after controlling for years of education and reported depression in separate analyses. When depression and education were controlled for in the same analysis, even these effects were eliminated suggesting interplay between pain, depressive status, and educational level in the negative effects on cognitive functioning.

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2006. Vol. 47, no 5, 349-359 p.
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musculoskeletal pain, cognitive functions, age, memory
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-19939DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1467-9450.2006.00540.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-19939DiVA: diva2:186464
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This research was supported by the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation, the Swedish Council for Planning and Coordination of Research, the Swedish Research Council, and the Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research.Available from: 2007-11-20 Created: 2007-11-20 Last updated: 2011-01-11Bibliographically approved

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