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An Internet survey found than 31% of patients with persistent pain supplement their prescription medications with over-the-counter medications.

Michaelson & Co. LLC D. Voices of Chronic Pain: A national study conducted for American Pain Foudnation. David Michaelson & Company, LLC for the American Pain Foundation; 2006. http://www.davidmichaelsoncompany.com/documents/voices%20of%20chronic%20pain%20report.pdf

Reference

Title
Voices of Chronic Pain: A national study conducted for American Pain Foudnation
Publisher
David Michaelson & Company, LLC for the American Pain Foundation
Publication Date
2006
Authors
Michaelson & Co. LLC D
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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