The social impacts of pain are far-reaching and encompass many aspects of human life in the USA and across the globe. Despite the consensus of the international medical community that treatment of chronic pain is a human right, approximately 75% of the world’s population suffering from chronic moderate-to-severe pain has no access to pain relief treatment. Even if the majority of chronic pain patients had the financial means and geographical access to pain specialists, this number is seriously inadequate to serve the vast numbers of chronic pain sufferers in the US population.
KeywordsChronic pain Quality of life Cost of illness Pain management Pain burden Undertreatment of pain Socioeconomic impact of pain Pain as disease Opioids
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