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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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Chronic pain as a topic for epidemiology and public health

Chronic pain as a topic for epidemiology and public health

(p.3) Chapter 1 Chronic pain as a topic for epidemiology and public health
Chronic Pain Epidemiology

Peter Croft (Contributor Webpage)

Fiona M. Blyth

Danielle van der Windt

Oxford University Press

Chronic pain is common and universal; it occurs at all ages and in all populations and has been reported throughout recorded history. From a public health perspective, chronic pain has a major impact on the physical and mental capacity to function in everyday life, the quality of that daily life, and the economic balance-sheet of populations. This chapter looks into why chronic pain is not more widely recognized as an important public health problem, and whether chronic pain can be framed as a suitable topic for population epidemiology and a public health approach.

Keywords:   chronic pain, public health problem, epidemiology, everyday life, quality of life

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