The influence of problems with concentration and memory on emotional distress and daily activities in chronic pain patients.


Journal Article

This study examined concentration and memory problems in chronic pain patients as they related to emotional distress and interference with daily activity. Three hundred and sixty-three chronic pain patients were divided into two groups based on how much they expressed difficulty in concentrating and remembering things. Each patient was given a physical examination and completed a pain evaluation questionnaire and an SCL-90. Physician ratings of the patients' depression and anxiety were also obtained. The results showed that problems in concentration and memory were related to emotional distress, poor family support, and interference with daily activities. It is suggested that techniques to improve concentration and memory should be incorporated as part of a multidisciplinary pain program.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Jamison, RN; Sbrocco, T; Parris, WC

Published Date

  • 1988

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 18 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 183 - 191

PubMed ID

  • 3170081

Pubmed Central ID

  • 3170081

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0091-2174

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2190/ftr1-f9vx-cb8t-wpmc


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States