Silver Book Fact

An Internet survey found that 94% of patients with persistent pain taking opioids report at least one major impact on their lives from pain–3 in 4 (77%) report feeling depressed, 70% report an inability to concentrate, 52% report strained relationships, and 46% report a loss of appetite.

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
URL
Read Full Resource

Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

Related Facts

  • Approximately 100 million Americans live with persistent pain.  
  • Around 14% of adults who experience pain report that it lasts 3 months to a year and 42% report pain that lasts more than a year.  
  • One study found that 70% of persistent pain respondents expressed anger–62% toward health care providers, 39% toward significant others, and 30% toward insurance companies. The most frequent target of…  
  • 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…  
  • In one study, around half of the patients with persistent pain reported that they had considered suicide.