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Canadians deserve a National Pain Strategy: this is the latest message from the Canadian Pain Coalition. On April 24, 2012 in Ottawa, stakeholders met to discuss the issue of pain at the first ever Canadian Pain Summit. Pain is one of the most common reasons for an individual to contact a doctor yet many studies conclude acute and chronic pain is not well managed. Society does not acknowledge how widespread the issue of chronic pain is. There are 6 million Canadians who suffer from chronic pain from car accidents, workplace injuries, illness, arthritis, cancer patients and veterans. The National Pain Strategy is a call to action to address to social, economic and personal impact of pain on Canadians.
The strategy identifies 4 key areas:
1. Awareness and Education
4. Ongoing Monitoring
Pain costs the economy $56-60 billion in lost wages and direct health care costs, additionally, each individual pays $17,554 for costs not funded by insurance or publicly.
One in three adults with arthritis have anxiety or depression according to researchers from the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. A new study suggests that patients with arthritis should be screened for anxiety and depression. In the United States alone, 27 million people age 25 and older have osteoarthritis, and 1.3 million adults have rheumatoid arthritis, according to the American College of Rheumatology. Anxiety was found to be more prevalent than depression amongst people with arthritis. It has been said that heath care providers can make a difference by treating their patients for depression and anxiety and addressing these areas of concern.
A recent article commented that patients with lower back pain have a poor prognosis. It appears that episodes of low back pain return after six months in more than 50% of people and in the subsequent 18 months in 47% of people.
A large study was conducted that demonstrated how “junk food” is linked to depression. The study consisted of 9000 adults in Spain. Consistent consumption of “fast food” and commercially basked foods and products like croissants and donuts increased the risk of depression. Depression affects 121 million people worldwide.
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