- •Estimates of chronic pain prevalence vary, depending the operational definition of “chronic.”
- •“Persistent pain” is a more consistent and precise way to measure health-related quality of life.
- •Persistent pain is operationally defined as constant or frequent pain lasting at least 3 months.
- •An estimated 39.4 million adults in the U.S. reported persistent pain in 2010.
- •This population clearly has unmet needs for pain management and is a public health priority.
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The Program of Excellence in Rural Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment, funded by the Washington Life Sciences Discovery Fund (grant no. LSDF 08-02; John Roll, principal investigator), sponsored this work.
No conflicts of interest exist between any of the authors, contributors, funding entities, research groups, or associated individuals or parties.