Chronic Pain and Driving: Proceed with Caution

This piece comments on a paper by Veldhuijzen et al. that reported the results of a study in which chronic nonmalignant pain patients not taking any psychotropics performed a standardized on-the-road driving test. Their performance was compared to that of a control group matched on several related variables. The researchers found that chronic pain patients had higher scores on a measure of weaving, compared to controls, and the differences were statistically significant. This study is an important first step in examining the effects of chronic pain on driving ability. However, investigators working in this area must proceed with caution when attempting to generalize the results of these findings. Others have shown that pain treated by opioid therapy does not impair driving ability.


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  • Accession Number: 01053738
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 5 2007 3:19PM