What is it about?

This study is a follow-up of 100 Girls examined in childhood in Sweden around the millenium shift. The majority of the Girls recieved diagnoses of autism and/or adhd. We asked the group of now young women about experienced musculoskeletal pain, headache and abdominal pain lasting more than 3 months. They all fulfilled a form measuring their helath related quality of life and the results showed that it was significantly lower than in the general population. Chronic pain was reported by 76% of the women. Chronic widespread pain was observed in a third of the women, a figure five times that of the same-aged women in the Swedish population.

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Why is it important?

The researchfield embracing autism, adhd and pain separately are considerable. Studies that investigate possible realtionship between this disorders are few.


Paying attention to pain problems in women with neuropsychiatric disabilities as well as seeing such problems in women with pain problems can save both suffering and resources.

Karin Susanna Asztély
Sahlgrenska Academy Institute of medicine Department of Public Health and Community Medicine

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This page is a summary of: Chronic Pain And Health-Related Quality Of Life In Women With Autism And/Or ADHD: A Prospective Longitudinal Study, Journal of Pain Research, October 2019, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.2147/jpr.s212422.
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