Researching chronic pain

Identification of a community based sample

Blair H. Smith, John R.M. Read, Jeremy M. Grimshaw, Blair G. Watt, W. Alastair Chambers

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Abstract

Researching the epidemiology and management of chronic pain is difficult due to problems of identifying patients in the community. This study identified patients electronically through repeat prescriptions for analgesic drugs in general family practice, and found this to be an efficient method. The prevalence of chronic pain was found to be 7.6 per cent; this is lower than in other studies and this may reflect differences in case definition or accertainment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-76
Number of pages4
JournalPain Clinic
Volume9
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1996

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Chronic Pain
Prescription Drugs
Family Practice
General Practice
Analgesics
Epidemiology

Keywords

  • Analgesics
  • Chronic pain
  • Epidemiology
  • Repeat prescribing

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Smith, B. H., Read, J. R. M., Grimshaw, J. M., Watt, B. G., & Chambers, W. A. (1996). Researching chronic pain: Identification of a community based sample. Pain Clinic, 9(1), 73-76.
Smith, Blair H. ; Read, John R.M. ; Grimshaw, Jeremy M. ; Watt, Blair G. ; Chambers, W. Alastair. / Researching chronic pain : Identification of a community based sample. In: Pain Clinic. 1996 ; Vol. 9, No. 1. pp. 73-76.
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In: Pain Clinic, Vol. 9, No. 1, 1996, p. 73-76.

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