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The annual direct and indirect costs of several pain-related conditions include:

  • $14 billion for migraines
    Hu et al. 1999, Burden of Migraine in the U.S.
  • $189 billion for arthritis
    Yelin et al. 2007, Medical Care Expenditures and Earnings Losses Among Persons with Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Conditions
  • $50 billion for low back pain
    NINDS, Low Back Pain Fact Sheet
  • $61 billion for headache, arthritis, backache, and other musculoskeletal conditions
    Stewart et al. 2003, Lost Productive Time and Cost Due to Common Pain Conditions in the U.S. Workforce

Stewart, Simon, Kate MacIntyre, David J. Hole, Simon Capewell, and John J. McMurray. More ‘Malignant’ than Cancer? Five-year survival following a first admission for heart failure. Eur J Heart Failure. 2001; 3(3): 315-322. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1016/S1388-9842%2800%2900141-0

Reference

Title
More ‘Malignant’ than Cancer? Five-year survival following a first admission for heart failure
Publication
Eur J Heart Failure
Publisher
Elsevier Science
Publication Date
2001
Authors
Stewart, Simon, Kate MacIntyre, David J. Hole, Simon Capewell, and John J. McMurray
Volume & Issue
Volume 3, Issue 3
Pages
315-322
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Economic Burden

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