Intelligence in childhood and chronic widespread pain in middle age: the National Child Development Survey

Catharine R Gale, Ian J Deary, Cyrus Cooper, G David Batty

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Psychological factors are thought to play a part in the aetiology of chronic widespread pain. We investigated the relationship between intelligence in childhood and risk of chronic widespread pain in adulthood in 6902 men and women from the National Child Development Survey (1958 British Birth Cohort). Participants took a test of general cognitive ability at age 11 years; and chronic widespread pain, defined according to the American College of Rheumatology criteria, was assessed at age 45 years. Risk ratios (RRs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were estimated using log-binomial regression, adjusting for sex and potential confounding or mediating factors. Risk of chronic widespread pain, defined according to the American College of Rheumatology criteria, rose in a stepwise fashion as intelligence fell (P for linear trend
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2339-2344
Number of pages6
JournalPain
Volume153
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012

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