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
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.
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.
of May 5, 2002