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A longitudinal study of pain: reported pain from middle age to old age.
(Health Services Research)
1997 (English)In: The Clinical Journal of Pain, ISSN 0749-8047, E-ISSN 1536-5409, Vol. 13, no 2, 144-149 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]


Describe patterns of pain reporting over a span of 24 years.


Individuals were interviewed on four occasions (1968, 1974, 1981, 1992).


Representative sample (n = 321) of the Swedish population aged 53-63 at baseline.


Self-reported pain in the chest, abdomen, and musculoskeletal system (back or hips, shoulders, hands, elbows, legs, or knees).


Less than 1% reported chest or abdominal pain on all four occasions. Whereas 21.8% of the sample reported musculoskeletal pain on all four occasions. More than half of the sample reported some kind of pain on three or four occasions. Women reported more severe and more persistent pain compared with men. There were more people who developed pain during the 24-year period than there were who became pain free. An increase in pain was equally common for chest and musculoskeletal pain, but a decrease in pain was much more common for musculoskeletal pain than chest pain.


Cross-sectional studies have shown differing age patterns in pain. This longitudinal study demonstrates different patterns for men and women and for different pain localities.

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1997. Vol. 13, no 2, 144-149 p.
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-53972ISI: A1997XC35800008PubMedID: 9186021OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-53972DiVA: diva2:81881
Available from: 2008-10-17 Created: 2008-10-17 Last updated: 2011-03-11Bibliographically approved

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