Chronic pain is recognized as an important problem in the community but our understanding of the epidemiology of chronic pain remains limited.
We undertook a study designed to quantify and describe the prevalence and distribution of chronic pain in the community.
A random sample of 5036 patients, aged 25 and over was drawn from 29 general practices in the Grampian region of the UK and surveyed by a postal self-completion questionnaire.
The questionnaire included case-screening questions, a question on the cause of the pain, the chronic pain grade questionnaire, the level of expressed needs questionnaire and sociodemographic questions.
3605 questionnaires were returned completed. 1817 (50.4%) of patients self reported chronic pain, equivalent to 46.5% of the general population. 576 reported back pain and 570 reported arthritis ; these were the most common complaints and accounted for a third of all complaints. (...) Interpretation : Chronic pain is a major problem in the community and certain groups within the population are more likely to have chronic pain.
A detailed understanding of the epidemiology of chronic pain is essential for efficient management of chronic pain in primary care.
Mots-clés Pascal : Epidémiologie, Douleur, Communauté, Evaluation, Enquête, Chronique, Maladie, Soin
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Epidemiology, Pain, Community, Evaluation, Survey, Chronic, Disease, Care
Notice produite par :
ENSP - Ecole nationale de la santé publique (devenue EHESP)
Cote : 99/10 V
Code Inist : 002B30A11. Création : 18/05/2000.