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Autonomic activity, pain, and perceived health in patients on sick leave due to stress-related illnesses
University of Gävle, Belastningsskadecentrum.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5055-0698
University of Gävle, Belastningsskadecentrum.
University of Gävle, Belastningsskadecentrum.
University of Gävle, Belastningsskadecentrum.
2005 (English)In: Integrative Physiological & Behavioral Science, ISSN 1053-881X, E-ISSN 2168-7846, Vol. 40, no 1, 3-16 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Objective: The aim of the present study was to compare autonomic activity, pressure-pain thresholds, and subjective assessments of health and behavior between patients with stress-related illnesses and healthy control subjects. Methods: Twenty sick-listed patients with stress-related disorders and 20 age- and gender-matched healthy subjects performed tests of autonomic regulation and algometric tests, and completed questionnaires about physical and mental health and behavioral patterns. Results: Patients exhibited higher autonomic reactivity to cognitive and physical laboratory tasks (p<0.05), and had lower pressure-pain thresholds in the shoulders and lower back than healthy control subjects (p<0.05). Furthermore, the patients rated considerably poorer health and health behavior than the control subjects (p<0.05). Conclusions: The results indicate an engagement of the autonomic nervous system in stress-related illnesses. Furthermore, they show that patients with stress-related illnesses experience strong symptoms of musculoskeletal pain, and it is therefore recommended that assessments of musculoskeletal pain be incorporated in the clinical examinations and the rehabilitation of patients with stress-related illnesses.

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2005. Vol. 40, no 1, 3-16 p.
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Adult, Arousa physiology, Autonomic Nervous System physiopathology, Female, Health Behavior, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Neuropsychological Tests, Pain Measurement, Pain Threshold physiology, Problem Solving physiology, Psychophysiologic Disorders physiopathology psychology, Sick Leave, Sick Role, Somatoform Disorders physiopathology psychology, Stress, Psychological complications physiopathology
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Environmental Health and Occupational Health
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-2859ISI: 000234124900001PubMedID: 16491927OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-2859DiVA: diva2:119521
Available from: 2007-11-28 Created: 2007-11-28 Last updated: 2016-12-05Bibliographically approved

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