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Selective processing of threat-related cues in day surgery patients and prediction of post-operative pain

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Objective: To investigate the use of a measure of selective processing bias associated with anxiety as a predictor of post-operative pain independently of self-report measures of anxiety.
Methods: Forty-seven women admitted for minor gynaecological surgical procedures completed a selective processing task (modified Stroop) and the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory immediately prior to surgery. Following surgery they completed the McGill Short-Form Pain Questionnaire. Intraoperative analgesia consumption was also recorded.
Results: Participants demonstrated significantly slower colour-naming times for physical threat cues than control cues. This was not due to an emotionality effect, as colour-naming times for neutral and positive cues were not significantly different. This bias was congruent with the participants' current concerns, as colour-naming times were significantly slower for physical threat words than for social threat words. This index of selective processing bias significantly predicted post-operative pain independently of self-reported state and trait anxiety.
Conclusions: The advantages of measures of psychological constructs that are not reliant on self-reporting are discussed.

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Munafò, M.R. and Stevenson, J. (2003) Selective processing of threat-related cues in day surgery patients and prediction of post-operative pain British Journal of Health Psychology, 8, (4), 439-449.. (doi:10.1348/135910703770238293).

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Published date: 2003

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Local EPrints ID: 18394
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/18394
ISSN: 1359-107X
PURE UUID: b45f06a2-7f3c-4baf-b05d-95a16f2655bc

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Date deposited: 05 Jan 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 16:36

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