Navigation Links
Chronic Pain May Cost U.S. $635 Billion a Year
Date:9/14/2012

FRIDAY, Sept. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Americans spend as much as $635 billion each year on the direct and indirect costs associated with chronic pain, according to a new study.

That's more than the annual costs associated with cancer, heart disease and diabetes, said study authors Darrell Gaskin and Patrick Richard, health economists at Johns Hopkins University. They based their estimate on health care costs and lost worker productivity associated with chronic pain.

The researches analyzed the 2008 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey to measure the incremental health care costs for people affected by chronic pain -- including pain that interferes with work, joint pain, arthritis and disabilities -- and compared them to costs for people without chronic pain. The study involved more than 20,200 U.S. adults.

The costs of certain conditions were calculated for a variety of payers of health care services, the researchers noted.

The study, published in the Journal of Pain, found average health care costs for adults were $4,475. People suffering from moderate pain paid $4,516 more in health care costs than those without pain, the researchers said. Patients with severe pain spent $3,210 more than people with only moderate pain. Costs were also $4,048 higher for those with joint pain, $5,838 higher for people with arthritis and $9,680 more for those with functional disabilities.

When prevalence of pain conditions was assessed, moderate pain accounted for 10 percent, severe pain accounted for 11 percent and disability represented 12 percent. Estimates for joint pain and arthritis were higher. They accounted for 33 percent and 25 percent of prevalence estimates, respectively.

The researchers noted that adults affected by chronic pain missed more workdays than people without pain. This affected their annual hours worked and hourly wages. The study concluded the total cost associated with pain in the United States was at least $560 billion and possibly as high as $635 billion, according to a release from the American Pain Society.

Broken down, the total incremental costs of health care resulting from chronic pain ranged from $261 billion to $300 billion. And the costs associated with lost productivity ranged from $299 billion to $334 billion. Although the per-person cost of pain is less than the cost of other diseases, the researchers said the total cost of chronic pain is higher. They said the costs associated with chronic pain would be even greater if they took into account nursing home residents, military personnel, prisoners, children and caregivers.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke provides more information on chronic pain.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: American Pain Society, news release, Sept. 11, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. More Evidence Acupuncture Can Ease Chronic Pain
2. Earlier treatment for young patients with chronic hepatitis B more effective in clearing virus
3. Chronic Cough Responds to Epilepsy Drug, Study Finds
4. Midlife fitness staves off chronic disease at end of life, UT Southwestern researchers report
5. Scientists to design drug for chronic pain
6. Male mice exposed to chronic social stress have anxious female offspring
7. Chronic exposure to staph bacteria may be risk factor for lupus, Mayo study finds
8. Chronic Butter Flavoring Exposure Linked to Harmful Brain Process
9. Common Skin Cancer a Chronic Condition, Study Says
10. Chronic vulvar pain related to irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia and interstitial cystitis
11. Study finds people have difficulty controlling multiple chronic conditions
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Chronic Pain May Cost U.S. $635 Billion a Year
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Empower Brokerage, located in Southlake, Texas, intends ... , In February, 2017, Empower Brokerage introduced their new “Performance Partners” program to ... teach how to maximize their sales efforts, as well as how to best ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... ... stories about real people of God in congregations across the United States. ... Presbyterian minister ordained in 1964 who has served congregations in seven states throughout ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... 23, 2017 , ... Demonstrating their commitment to improving health ... departments have been awarded national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board ... network of communities across the nation whose health departments meet rigorous national standards ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... NY (PRWEB) , ... March 23, 2017 , ... 82% of adults are unaware of ... kids do not brush their teeth the minimum two times a day that dentists recommend. ... students missing 51 million hours of school and adults missing 164 million hours of work ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... March 23, 2017 , ... ... investment in Los Angeles based healthcare technology company California Healthcom Group (CHG). ... the US, and healthcare arena. With headquarters in California, CHG is a growing, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/23/2017)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of the ... ... capillary electrophoresis market to grow at a CAGR of 7.06% during ... Market 2017-2021, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis ... and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... Newborns are highly vulnerable to infections ... their young immune systems typically mount weak antibody ... achieving strong vaccine responses in newborn animals, including ... trials — by adding compounds known as adjuvants ... papers, they also describe improved adjuvant formulations that ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... , March 23, 2017 ... from the TACTI-mel trial of IMP321 in combination with ... the first (1mg/kg) cohort experiencing a complete response. Recruitment ... cohort is expected to be fully recruited by Q317. ... the AIPAC breast cancer study are expected mid-year (recruitment ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: