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Human Studies

2021 Feb 23

Scand J Pain

When driving hurts: characterizing the experience and impact of driving with back pain.


Seward J, Stavrinos D, Moore D, Attridge N, Trost Z
Scand J Pain. 2021 Feb 23.
PMID: 33641275.


Driving is one of the most widespread aspects of daily living to people in the United States and is an active process that requires various cognitive functions, such as attention. Chronic low back pain (CLBP) is one of the more prevalent and costly health conditions in the world, with individuals who report CLBP also reporting significant impairment across different domains of daily life both physically and cognitively. However, despite the prevalence of these two constructs, research detailing the experience of driving in pain remains largely underrepresented. This cross-sectional study sought to characterize the driving experience of people who experience CLBP, focusing on the psychological constructs related to chronic pain like pain catastrophizing, affective responses (irritability, anxiety, fear), and self-reported driving behaviors and outcomes.