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Epidemiology

Blair H. Smith and Nicola Torrance

in Neuropathic Pain

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199563678
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199607426 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199563678.003.0003

Series: Oxford Pain Management Library

Epidemiology

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• Lack of agreed definitions and diagnostic criteria for neuropathic pain hamper epidemiological studies. • Neuropathic pain is likely to become more common in future because of ageing populations and improved recognition. • Neuropathic pain probably affects around 8% of UK adults, around 24% or more of patients with long-standing diabetes, and around 20% of those who have had shingles. • Patients with neuropathic pain are more likely to have greater pain intensity, be older, of female gender, and of lower socio-economic status than those with other types of pain. • Compared with other forms of chronic pain, neuropathic pain leads to greater detrimental impact on activities of daily living and lower health-related quality of life scores.

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Subjects: Anaesthetics ; Pain Medicine

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