Effects of Pain on Driving Performance and Cognition.

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Recruitment Status : Terminated
First Posted : September 16, 2005
Last Update Posted : September 16, 2005
Utrecht University
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Brief Summary:
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 or disease Intervention/treatment
Chronic Pain Behavioral: driving and laboratory tests

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.

Study Type : Observational
Enrollment : 30 participants
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.
Study Start Date : January 2004
Study Completion Date : April 2005

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MedlinePlus related topics: Chronic Pain
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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 (NCT number): 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 Identifier: NCT00189046     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 03/237-E
First Posted: September 16, 2005    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 16, 2005
Last Verified: December 2004

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

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