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Chronic Pain Epidemiology: From Aetiology to Public Health

Peter Croft, Fiona M. Blyth, and Danielle van der Windt


Chronic pain is a major cause of distress, disability, and work loss, and it is becoming increasingly prevalent through the general move towards an ageing population, which impacts dramatically upon society and health care systems worldwide. Due to improvements in health care, it is becoming more common for patients to continue living with long-term illness or disease (rather than these being terminal). Yet little attention has been paid to chronic pain as a public health problem or to the potential for its prevention, even though it can be studied and assessed using concepts and ideas from cl ... More

Keywords: chronic pain, ageing population, health care, long-term illness, prevention, methodological issues

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Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199235766
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199235766.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Croft, editor
Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the Arthritis Research Campaign National Primary Care Centre, Keele University, UK
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Fiona M. Blyth, editor
Head of Pain Epidemiology, University of Sydney Pain Management Research Institute, Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards, Australia

Danielle van der Windt, editor
Professor in Primary Care Epidemiology, Arthritis Research Campaign National Primary Care Centre, Keele University, UK

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Section 1 Basic ideas

Section 2 Definition and measurement of chronic pain for population studies

Section 3 Mechanisms

Section 4 Common pain syndromes

Section 5 Pain and disease

Section 6 Public health and chronic pain

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