At least one-third of UK people living with chronic pain, study shows

22 June 2016

Between one-third and one-half of the UK population is living with chronic pain, according to a new study.

Published in the journal BMJ Open, the study examined relevant databases to find research on different types of pain published after 1990. A total of 19 studies involving just under 140,000 adults were deemed suitable for inclusion in the final analysis.

It was estimated that around 43 per cent of the population experience chronic pain, with 14 per cent living with chronic widespread pain. The summarised data also showed that eight per cent of UK adults experience chronic neuropathic pain, and 5.5 per cent live with fibromyalgia.

Women were more likely than men to be affected by chronic pain, while older people were shown to be more susceptible than their younger counterparts.

It suggests the problem of chronic pain may become more prevalent in the coming years, as the average age of the British population is on the rise.

The researchers concluded: "Reliable information on prevalence will help to drive public health and healthcare policymakers' prioritisation of this important cause of distress and disability in the general population."

Posted by Jeanette Royston

 


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