Poster Abstracts

Abstract

Research has found that individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) often report pain symptoms. Studies have found that neuropsychological performance among individuals with chronic pain may be impacted (e.g., memory, attention, processing speed). These associations have not yet been examined in a sample of adults diagnosed with severe, chronic TBI. The study’s aims were (1) to determine if specific cognitive domains are negatively impacted by pain among persons with severe, chronic TBIs, and (2) to determine if this relationship is impacted by gender. Participants were included if they reported pain via the WHO questionnaire over the past 2 years and completed neuropsychological testing, including Neuropsychological Assessment Battery - Screening Module, Texas Functional Living Scale, Trail Making Test, and Finger Tapping. The sample included 24 adults with a mean age of 48.5 years old (SD = 9.6;19 men, 5 women). Correlation analyses were performed using SPSS software. The results indicated that there were no significant correlations between individuals with higher pain scores and their neuropsychological testing scores (ps > 0.05). There was also no significant difference between pain severity and gender (ps > 0.05). Although not significant, these results indicate a need for better assessment of pain within residential TBI populations.

First AuthorConnor Uhrig
Second AuthorDaniel Choi
Third AuthorLaura Travers
Fourth AuthorSarah West