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Chronic Pain EpidemiologyFrom Aetiology to Public Health$
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Peter Croft, Fiona M. Blyth, and Danielle van der Windt

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199235766

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199235766.001.0001

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Musculoskeletal pain complaints from a sex and gender perspective

Musculoskeletal pain complaints from a sex and gender perspective

(p.119) Chapter 10 Musculoskeletal pain complaints from a sex and gender perspective
Chronic Pain Epidemiology

H. Susan J. Picavet

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the epidemiology of musculoskeletal pain, sex differences in musculoskeletal pain, and the public health consequences of sex differences. Musculoskeletal pain represents a large public health problem due to its high prevalence, and its relation to work leave, work disability, and health care utilization. The fact that women have a higher frequency of pain than men should alone justify increased attention being paid to the prevention of pain among women. However, more research on the mechanisms behind sex differences in musculoskeletal pain may contribute more generally to the further development of effective preventive interventions and treatments.

Keywords:   musculoskeletal pain, chronic pain, sex differences, public health, work leave, work disability

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