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Article: Prevalence of common chronic pain in Hong Kong adults

TitlePrevalence of common chronic pain in Hong Kong adults
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Issue Date2002
PublisherLippincott Williams & Wilkins. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.clinicalpain.com
Citation
Clinical Journal Of Pain, 2002, v. 18 n. 5, p. 275-281 How to Cite?
AbstractObjective: Chronic pain is prevalent in many Western countries. Its prevalence in a non-Caucasian population is not known. The authors performed this study to measure the prevalence of chronic pain in the Hong Kong Chinese adult population, as well as the pattern of pain and the demographic characteristics, the impact on social and work function, and the help-seeking behavior of those with pain. Design: Cross-sectional survey using telephone interview with a structured questionnaire. Chronic pain was defined as pain persisting for more than 3 months. Subjects: A random sample of over 1,000 persons out of the entire Chinese adult population of Hong Kong. Results: One thousand fifty-one adults were interviewed. One hundred thirteen (10.8% [95% C.I.: 8.9%-12.7%]) had chronic pain. The median number of pains was two. Of those with chronic pain, 38.3% reported their work was affected, and 19.8% had taken a median of 5 days' sick leave in the past year; 70.8% said the pain had interfered with their daily life, 88.5% had tried self-treatment, and 74.3% had sought medical advice. Only 35.7% considered the treatment definitely helpful. Two risk factors were identified: the female gender (O.R. 1.5, 95% C.I. 1.0-2.3) and age greater than 60 (O.R. 2.2, 95% C.I. 1.3-3.6). Conclusions: The study showed that the prevalence of chronic pain in Hong Kong adults was approximately 10.8%. Work and daily life are significantly affected and there is considerable demand on the health care system. Despite the ethnic difference, the prevalence, pattern, and demographic characteristics of chronic pain in Hong Kong are very similar to those seen in Western countries.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/67312
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2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.111
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dc.contributor.authorNg, KFJen_HK
dc.contributor.authorTsui, SLen_HK
dc.contributor.authorChan, WSen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-09-06T05:53:52Z-
dc.date.available2010-09-06T05:53:52Z-
dc.date.issued2002en_HK
dc.identifier.citationClinical Journal Of Pain, 2002, v. 18 n. 5, p. 275-281en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0749-8047en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/67312-
dc.description.abstractObjective: Chronic pain is prevalent in many Western countries. Its prevalence in a non-Caucasian population is not known. The authors performed this study to measure the prevalence of chronic pain in the Hong Kong Chinese adult population, as well as the pattern of pain and the demographic characteristics, the impact on social and work function, and the help-seeking behavior of those with pain. Design: Cross-sectional survey using telephone interview with a structured questionnaire. Chronic pain was defined as pain persisting for more than 3 months. Subjects: A random sample of over 1,000 persons out of the entire Chinese adult population of Hong Kong. Results: One thousand fifty-one adults were interviewed. One hundred thirteen (10.8% [95% C.I.: 8.9%-12.7%]) had chronic pain. The median number of pains was two. Of those with chronic pain, 38.3% reported their work was affected, and 19.8% had taken a median of 5 days' sick leave in the past year; 70.8% said the pain had interfered with their daily life, 88.5% had tried self-treatment, and 74.3% had sought medical advice. Only 35.7% considered the treatment definitely helpful. Two risk factors were identified: the female gender (O.R. 1.5, 95% C.I. 1.0-2.3) and age greater than 60 (O.R. 2.2, 95% C.I. 1.3-3.6). Conclusions: The study showed that the prevalence of chronic pain in Hong Kong adults was approximately 10.8%. Work and daily life are significantly affected and there is considerable demand on the health care system. Despite the ethnic difference, the prevalence, pattern, and demographic characteristics of chronic pain in Hong Kong are very similar to those seen in Western countries.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherLippincott Williams & Wilkins. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.clinicalpain.comen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofClinical Journal of Painen_HK
dc.rightsClinical Journal of Pain. Copyright © Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.en_HK
dc.subject.meshActivities of Daily Livingen_HK
dc.subject.meshAdolescenten_HK
dc.subject.meshAdulten_HK
dc.subject.meshAge Distributionen_HK
dc.subject.meshAgeden_HK
dc.subject.meshAttitude to Healthen_HK
dc.subject.meshChina - ethnologyen_HK
dc.subject.meshChronic Diseaseen_HK
dc.subject.meshComorbidityen_HK
dc.subject.meshCross-Sectional Studiesen_HK
dc.subject.meshEducational Statusen_HK
dc.subject.meshFemaleen_HK
dc.subject.meshHong Kong - epidemiologyen_HK
dc.subject.meshHumansen_HK
dc.subject.meshMaleen_HK
dc.subject.meshMiddle Ageden_HK
dc.subject.meshOccupational Diseases - epidemiologyen_HK
dc.subject.meshPain - classification - ethnologyen_HK
dc.subject.meshPain Managementen_HK
dc.subject.meshPain Measurement - methodsen_HK
dc.subject.meshPrevalenceen_HK
dc.subject.meshQuality of Lifeen_HK
dc.subject.meshRisk Factorsen_HK
dc.subject.meshSex Distributionen_HK
dc.subject.meshSocioeconomic Factorsen_HK
dc.titlePrevalence of common chronic pain in Hong Kong adultsen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.openurlhttp://library.hku.hk:4550/resserv?sid=HKU:IR&issn=0749-8047&volume=18&spage=275&epage=281&date=2002&atitle=Prevalence+of+common+chronic+pain+in+Hong+Kong+adultsen_HK
dc.identifier.emailNg, KFJ:jkfng@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.authorityNg, KFJ=rp00544en_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1097/00002508-200209000-00001en_HK
dc.identifier.pmid12218497en_HK
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-0036040209en_HK
dc.identifier.hkuros80640en_HK
dc.relation.referenceshttp://www.scopus.com/mlt/select.url?eid=2-s2.0-0036040209&selection=ref&src=s&origin=recordpageen_HK
dc.identifier.volume18en_HK
dc.identifier.issue5en_HK
dc.identifier.spage275en_HK
dc.identifier.epage281en_HK
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000177870500001-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Statesen_HK

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