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Pain catastrophizing moderates the effects of pain-contingent task interruptions.
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PMID:  23322650     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: A prominent behavioural consequence of pain is the temporary suspension of current activities with intent to resume them later. Little is known about the effects of such pain-contingent task interruptions. This experiment examines the influence of pain-contingent interruptions on the amount of time spent performing a cognitive achievement task: We expected that people would spend more time on task when task performance was interrupted in response to pain (vs. no interruption), and that negative mood and pain catastrophizing would enhance this negative impact. METHODS: Healthy volunteers read behaviour descriptions until they felt they could form a good impression. Before task performance, participants underwent a negative or positive mood induction. During the task, all participants expected painful stimulation. Half of the participants in each mood induction group received an acute (electrocutaneous) pain stimulus, resulting in a 2-min break from the task. The other participants received no sensory stimulation during task performance and their performance was not interrupted. RESULTS: Results revealed no effect of mood on task performance (i.e., total number of descriptions read). There was, however, a significant interaction between task interruption and pain catastrophizing, indicating that participants with low levels of catastrophizing tended to read more descriptions when performance was interrupted than when not, whereas participants reporting relatively high levels of catastrophizing showed the reverse behavioural pattern. CONCLUSIONS: The impact of pain-contingent task interruptions was reversed in participants reporting relatively high levels of pain catastrophizing. Results are discussed with regard to interruption management in the context of chronic pain.
M G S Schrooten; P A Karsdorp; J W S Vlaeyen
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-16
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of pain (London, England)     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1532-2149     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Pain     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
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Created Date:  2013-1-16     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9801774     Medline TA:  Eur J Pain     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2013 European Federation of International Association for the Study of Pain Chapters.
Department of Clinical Psychological Science, Maastricht University, The Netherlands; Research Group Health Psychology, University of Leuven, Belgium.
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