The Pain in Europe survey1 revealed the truly shocking nature, prevalence and impact of chronic pain in Europe and its devastating human, economic and social impact.
In a nutshell, the survey revealed that nearly one in five adults in Europe suffers from chronic pain. Of these, 35% experienced pain every day of their lives and 16% said that some days the pain was so bad that they wanted to die. For 26%, the pain had affected their careers.
Figure 1: Prevalence of chronic pain among 46,394 adults (>18 years) in 16 European countries responding to a computer-aided telephone screening interview. Chronic pain was defined as pain lasting more than 6 months and rated in intensity as five or greater on a one (no pain) to 10 (worst pain imaginable) numeric rating scale.
1) Breivik H, Collett B, Ventafridda V, et al. Survey of chronic pain in Europe: prevalence, impact on daily life, and treatment. Eur J Pain 2006; 10:287-333.