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In one study, around half of the patients with persistent pain reported that they had considered suicide.

Hitchcock L, Ferrell B, McCaffery M. The Experience of Chronic Nonmalignant Pain. J Pain Symptom Manage. 1994; 9(5): 312-8. http://www.jpsmjournal.com/article/0885-3924%2894%2990190-2/abstract

Reference

Title
The Experience of Chronic Nonmalignant Pain
Publication
J Pain Symptom Manage
Publication Date
1994
Authors
Hitchcock L, Ferrell B, McCaffery M
Volume & Issue
Volume 9, Issue 5
Pages
312-8
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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