This Week At PRICE (September 25th to September 29th)

Pain-Treatment Practices

Pain management and treatment amongst community-dwelling adults varies from person to person and surprisingly, remains a glaring opportunity for further research. How do community-dwelling adults manage their own pain and how does it differ between communities as well as nationally?

In ‘Self-Reported Pain Treatment Practices Among U.S. and Canadian Adults: Findings from a Population Survey’, Roger Fillingim, alongside researches from around the U.S. as well as The University of Western Ontario, surveyed over 4,000 community-dwelling adults. The goal was to ascertain not only how pain was self-treated but how it linked to overall pain experienced by individual adult. Results varied, though a common theme of over-the-counter medication tended to be the norm for the overall majority of individuals surveyed. Interestingly, alcohol use was reported twice as often amongst U.S. based individuals compared to Canadian adults.

The article has been published in Innovation in Aging and will likely shed new light on North American adults and the strategies used to assist in effective pain management!

The article itself can be located here!