Silver Book Fact

Pain is a leading cause of medically-related work absenteeism–results in more than 50 million lost workdays each year.

Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical. Pain and Absenteeism in the Workplace. Lous Harris & Associates; 1997

Reference

Title
Pain and Absenteeism in the Workplace
Publisher
Lous Harris & Associates
Publication Date
1997
Authors
Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical

Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

Related Facts

  • 83 million Americans have pain that impacts their participation in various activities.  
  • At least 36 million Americans miss work each year due to 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.  
  • An estimated 40% to 50% of people with persistent pain also have mood disorders.  
  • Nearly 1 million Americans develop shingles each year and 10% to 15% of sufferers develop postherpetic neuralgia (PHN)–shingles associated pain that lasts for more than 3 months.