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An Internet study of patients with persistent pain found that on average, patients with persistent pain taking opioids for their pain experience more than 8 different types of pain on a monthly or more frequent basis–with 3 or more of these pains being severe.

American Pain Foundation. 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
American Pain Foundation
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Prevalence & Incidence

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