- •The National Pain Strategy calls for population research on high-impact chronic pain.
- •We examined sociodemographic disparities in such pain in the United States.
- •Approximately 8% of adults older than age 50 have high-impact chronic pain.
- •High-impact pain prevalence rose sharply with decreasing household wealth.
- •Black compared to white adults had greater pain-related disability across domains.
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This work was supported in part by the National Institute on Aging (K01 AG050706 to M.R.J.). The Health and Retirement Study is sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (U01AG009740) and is conducted by the University of Michigan. Support was also provided by the National Institutes of Health (P30DK092926). J.D.P. is a VA Research Career Scientist.
The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.