The relationship of cognitive styles and affective status to post-operative analgesic utilization

Thomas N. Wise, Walter A. Hall, Otto Wong

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The relationship of post-operative analgesic utilization to field dependence, locus of control and psychologic status was studied in 37 post-cholecystectomy patients. The results show a positive correlation between psychological disturbance and increased medication. External locus and field dependence were also correlated with depression, but not more medication. The findings reject a linear relationship between these two personality variables and pain response, but suggest an interaction between cognitive styles and affective status that augments narcotic utilization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)513-518
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Psychosomatic Research
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1978
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry
  • Psychology(all)

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