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At least 1 in 3 Americans will experience severe persistent pain during their lifetime.

Johannes C, Le T, Zhou X, Dworkin R. The Prevalence of Chronic Pain in United States Adults: Results of an Internet-based survey. Journal of Pain. 2010; 11(11): 1230-9. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20797916

Reference

Title
The Prevalence of Chronic Pain in United States Adults: Results of an Internet-based survey
Publication
Journal of Pain
Publication Date
2010
Authors
Johannes C, Le T, Zhou X, Dworkin R
Volume & Issue
Volume 11, Issue 11
Pages
1230-9
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Prevalence & Incidence

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