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Effects of Pain on Driving Performance and Cognition.

This study has been terminated.
Utrecht University
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First received: September 12, 2005
Last updated: NA
Last verified: December 2004
History: No changes posted
It has been suggested that cognitive functioning is impaired in chronic pain patients. Since most of these pain patients engage in daily activities including driving, it was hypothezised that they may have an increased risk of becoming involved in traffic accidents.

Condition Intervention Phase
Chronic Pain Behavioral: driving and laboratory tests Phase 4

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case Control
Observational Model: Natural History
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Effects of Pain on Driving Performance, Attentional Capacity and Psychomotor Performances: a Comparative Study Between Healthy Controls and Chronic Pain Patients.

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Estimated Enrollment: 30
Study Start Date: January 2004
Estimated Study Completion Date: April 2005
Detailed Description:
Most chronic pain patients engage in daily activities including driving. Driving a car is a complex task requiring mental alertness and a variety of cognitive functions such as perception, attention, learning, memory and decision making.Several studies have demonstrated cognitive impairments on laboratory tasks in patients with chronic pain, particularly on measures assessing attentional capacity, processing speed and psychomotor speed. These findings suggest that car driving performance might be impaired, and that chronic pain patients may therefore have an increased traffic accident risk. Unfortunately, no studies have investigated the impact of chronic pain on actual driving ability. The present study was designed to investigate the effects of chronic pain on actual driving performance during normal traffic. In addition to the on-the-road driving test, psychomotor, and memory tests measuring driving-related skills were conducted in the laboratory. Moreover, effects of pain on an attentional capacity test were tested using event-related potentials.

Ages Eligible for Study:   30 Years to 60 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

age driving licence driving experience normal vision right-handed fluently Dutch speaking

Exclusion Criteria:

psychological or physical disorder drug or alcohol abuse psychotropic medication use excessive smoking, drinking

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00189046

Department of Psychopharmacology
Utrecht, Netherlands, 3508 TB
Sponsors and Collaborators
UMC Utrecht
Utrecht University
Principal Investigator: Edmund Volkerts, PhD University of Utrecht, Department of Psychopharmacology
  More Information Identifier: NCT00189046     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 03/237-E
Study First Received: September 12, 2005
Last Updated: September 12, 2005

Keywords provided by UMC Utrecht:
driving, chronic pain, attention

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Chronic Pain
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
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