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Low heart rate variability is associated with extended pain-related sick leave among employed care-seekers

Tidsskriftartikel - 2011

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Objective: To examine the association between autonomic regulation and length of pain-related sick leave in subjects receiving a cognitive behavioural therapy-based return to work intervention.Methods: Sixty-five persons (29 men, 36 women) on pain-related sick leave participated in the study. Electrocardiograms were recorded in the clinic during supine rest, passive head-up tilt, standing, and seated rest, and in the home during seated rest and sleep. Spectral components of heart rate variability were derived from short-term (5 min) segments of electrocardiogram recordings. The number of days on sick leave was obtained from register data for 3 months before to 6 months after seeking care at the primary healthcare clinic.Results: Extended sick leave (>?121 days) compared with short sick leave (

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Kristiansen J, Ektor-Andersen J, Bondesson E, Ørbæk P, Persson SR, Garde AH, Hansen ÅM. Low heart rate variability is associated with extended pain-related sick leave among employed care-seekers. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine 2011;43(11):976-982.
doi: 10.2340/16501977-0882

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