RA and chronic pain affect driving

20 September 2021

Dr Atiyeh Vaezipour from UQ's RECOVER Injury Research Centre featured in a Rheumatology Republic article discussing how pain might adversely impact physical and cognitive functioning, making driving risky.

According to a systematic review recently published in the journal Pain, people experiencing chronic pain reported difficulties with physical driving tasks and cognitive performance, and this might increase the risk of a crash.

People with chronic pain also reported difficulty with specific strategic driving activities, including driving alone, in heavy traffic, at night and for long distances.

“Driving is a complex task that requires the ability to identify the hazard and react appropriately and quickly to avoid a crash,” said Dr Atiyeh Vaezipour.

“Chronic pain can impact the physical and cognitive functioning required for safe driving.”

Read the article