- •There is potential to improve outcomes by understanding the life-contexts of those seeking care.
- •This study suggests a strong relationship between greater social isolation and poorer health.
- •Adverse social determinants of health were related to lower quality of life and poorer health status.
- •Consideration of these relationships is important to improve health equity for adults with pain.
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E.K. was supported by Lifetime Support Authority South Australia ( GA00096 ). G.L.M. was supported by an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Leadership Investigator Grant ( NHMRC ID 1178444 ). C.E.F. and J.W.M. declare no funding support related to this research. All authors confirm that this research was conducted independently from funders; the funders played no role in designing the study; in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; or in the decision to submit the article for publication.
G.L.M. has received support unrelated to this work from Reality Health, Connect Health UK, Sequirus, Pfizer, AIA Australia, SwissRe, Gallagher Bassett, Kaiser Permanente, Workers' Compensation Boards in Australia, Europe and North America, the International Olympic Committee, the Port Adelaide Football Club and the Arsenal Football Club. G.L.M. receives royalties for several books on pain and speakers’ fees for talks on pain, pain education, physiotherapy, and rehabilitation. All other authors declare no competing interests.