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Pain and Depression Impact Daily Functioning of Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

Results of a new study show that pain and depression play a significant role in the daily functioning of rheumatoid arthritis patients.

In a study of 121 patients aged 34-84, researchers at the University of Michigan assessed the impact of pain and depression on cognitive abilities.

The researchers, reporting in the International Association for the Study of Pain, said that patients who did poorly on cognitive tests also reported more pain and depression than those who did well on cognitive tests, and that high levels of pain were associated with depression.

"These findings suggest the importance of both pain and depression for understanding cognitive function in (rheumatoid arthritis) and may have important implications for treating this disease," the researchers concluded.

Source: Arthritis Week of May 5, 2002




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