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      The prevalence of probable neuropathic pain in the US: results from a multimodal general-population health survey

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          The prevalence of neuropathic pain (NeP) has been estimated within specific health conditions; however, there are no published data on its broad prevalence in the US. The current exploratory study addresses this gap using the validated PainDetect questionnaire as a screener for probable NeP in a general-population health survey conducted with a multimodal recruitment strategy to maximize demographic representativeness.

          Materials and methods

          Adult respondents were recruited from a combination of Internet panels, telephone lists, address lists, mall-based interviews, and store-receipt invitations using a random stratified-sampling framework, with strata defined by age, sex, and race/ethnicity. Older persons and minorities were oversampled to improve prevalence estimates. Results were weighted to match the total adult US population using US Census data. Demographic information was collected, and respondents who experienced physical pain in the past 12 months completed the PainDetect and provided additional pain history. A cutoff score of 19 or greater on the PainDetect was used to define probable NeP.


          A total of 24,925 respondents (average response rate 2.5%) provided demographic data (52.2% female, mean age 51.5 years); 15,751 respondents reported pain (63.7%), of which 2,548 (15.7%, 95% confidence interval 14.9%–16.5%) had probable NeP based on the PainDetect, which was 10% (95% confidence interval 9.5%–10.5%) of all respondents. Among those reporting pain, the prevalence of probable NeP among Blacks and Hispanics was consistently higher than Whites in each age- and sex group. The highest prevalence among those with pain was among male Hispanics 35–44 years (32.4%) and 45–54 years (24.2%) old. The most commonly used medications reported by those with probable NeP were nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (44.2%), followed by weak opioids (31.7%), antiepileptics (10.9%), and strong opioids (10.9%).


          This is the first study to provide an estimate of the prevalence of probable NeP in the US, showing significant variation by age and ethnicity.

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                J Pain Res
                J Pain Res
                Journal of Pain Research
                Journal of Pain Research
                Dove Medical Press
                01 November 2017
                : 10
                : 2525-2538
                [1 ]Health Outcomes Practice, Kantar Health
                [2 ]Pfizer Inc, New York, NY
                [3 ]Pfizer Inc, Groton, CT
                [4 ]University of Washington, Seattle, WA
                [5 ]University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY
                [6 ]University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, US
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                Correspondence: Ian Kudel, Health Outcomes Practice, Kantar Health, 12th floor, 11 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10010, US, Tel +1 212 706 4273, Email ian.kudel@ 123456kantarhealth.com
                © 2017 DiBonaventura et al. This work is published and licensed by Dove Medical Press Limited

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                Anesthesiology & Pain management

                epidemiology, neuropathic pain, prevalence, pain types


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