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A survey about how persistent pain patients deal with pain found that 20% have taken disability leave from work, 17% have changed jobs, 13% have sought help with activities of daily living, and 13% have moved to a home that is easier to manage.

Research!America. Americans Talk About Pain: A survey among adults nationwide. Alexandria, VA: Peter D Hart Research Associates; 2003. http://www.researchamerica.org/uploads/poll2003pain.pdf

Reference

Title
Americans Talk About Pain: A survey among adults nationwide
Publisher
Peter D Hart Research Associates
Publication Date
2003
Authors
Research!America
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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