Chronic Pain In America

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AMERICANS TALK ABOUT PAIN A SURVEY AMONG ADULTS NATIONWIDE CONDUCTED FOR RESEARCH!A MERICA A UGUST 2003 BY P ETER D. HART RESEARCH A SSOCIATES Peter D. Hart Research Associates Page 2 BACKGROUND AND METHODOLOGY From July 15 to 19, 2003, Peter D. Hart Research Associates conducted a nationwide survey for Research!America among 1,004 adults to assess their views about pain in America. The interviews were conducted via telephone using a random-digit-dial sample technique. The data’s margin of error is ±3.1 percentage points among all adults at the 95 percent confidence level. Sample tolerances for subgroups are larger. Minimal weights have been applied to age. The survey’s objectives included gauging Americans’ perceptions…show more content…
Determining the secondary effect of chronic pain on close family members or friends. How significant is this effect and what it means to people who live with those in chronic pain. Measuring public perception of how well the medical community deals with chronic pain, the level of optimism that exists for long-term success, and the willingness to fund research. The psychology of pain in American society. How society perceives people in pain and how Americans feel they should and do deal with pain. Several key points stand out about pain in American society. 3 The prevalence of pain in America: within the past year three in every four Americans surveyed (76%) either personally have experienced chronic or recurrent pain themselves or have a close family member or friend who has suffered from chronic pain. For one-fifth of all Americans, the effect of this pain has meant major lifestyle changes in employment, residence, or personal freedom and mobility. 3 Chronic or recurrent pain affects every age group, with those between 18 and 24 years old about as likely as older Americans to have experienced…show more content…
Americans’ personal experience with pain and the of • As prevalent and significant as chronic pain is in our society, we find that Americans rate chronic or recurrent pain as the least problematic item on a list of health issues that includes cancer, obesity, heart disease, alcohol or drug abuse, and AIDS. Surprisingly, even people who say that they are currently suffering from chronic or recurrent pain, and even those who say they experience severe pain often, rate pain at the bottom of this list. Americans overall downplay their experience with pain and the need to acknowledge
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