A Nationwide Survey of Chronic Pain Sufferers in Japan Shoji YABUKI 1 , Takahiro USHIDA 2 , Katsushi TAKESHITA 3 , Ryuichi SAURA 4 , Setsuro OGAWA 5 , Akiko KATSUMATA 6 , Satoshi HATANAKA 6 1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery,Fukushima Medical University School of Medicine 2Multidisciplinary Pain Center,Aichi Medical University 3Department of Orthopaedic Surgery,Faculty of Medicine,the University of Tokyo 4Department of Rehabilitation Medicine,Division of Comprehensive Medicine,Osaka Medical College 5Department of Anesthesiology,Nihon University School of Medicine 6Mundipharma K.K. Keyword: 全国調査(nationwide surveys) , 慢性疼痛(chronic pain) , QOL(quality of life) pp.127-134
Published Date 2012/2/25
DOI https://doi.org/10.11477/mf.1408102249
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 Background:Nationwide surveys (Internet research) were conducted in Japan to determine the prevalence of chronic pain and actual status of treatment for chronic pain (Survey1),and to assess patients' needs (Survey2).

 Methods:There were 41,597 respondents to survey1 and 5,998 respondents to Survey2. The prevalence of chronic pain among all of the adult Japanese surveyed was 22.5%, and the estimated number of patients nationwide was 23.15 million.

 Outcome:In general, the pain was experienced in motor organs, and more than 80% of the chronic pain patients who consulted medical institutions were treated in orthopedic clinics. However, they did not have a high degree of satisfaction with treatment.

 Conclusion:Orthopedic surgeons need to make a greater effort to increase their knowledge of chronic pain and to establish effective treatments.

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