NHIS Analysis Determines Most US Adults Experience Some Degree of Pain

NHIS Analysis Determines Most US Adults Experience Some Degree of Pain
A recent study published in the Journal of Pain based on the 2012 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) has determined that most adults in the United States have experienced some degree of pain, ranging from brief to more lasting, and from moderate-to-severe. Results from the study showed that about 25.3 million adults (11.2%) had some degree of daily pain. Nearly 40 million adults (17.6%) experienced severe levels of pain, and these individuals were found to have a poor health status. Results from the analysis funded by the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), indicated a considerable burden of chronic pain in US adults. “The number of people who suffer from severe and lasting pain is striking,” said Josephine P. Briggs, M.D., director of NCCIH. “This analysis adds valuable new scope to our understanding of pain and could inform the National Pain Strategy in the areas of population research and disparities. It may help shape future research, development, and targeting of effective pain interventions, including complementary health approaches.” Chronic pain is a major health problem and one of the most frequent reasons for seeking medical care. Establishing the burden of chronic pain in a community is important to plan for appropriate health and social services, and requires accurate prevalence estimates. NCCIH research priorities include the study of complementary strategies to determine th
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