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Survey provides indepth insight into the impact of chronic pain

Despite treatment efforts, chronic pain management is failing one in three patients suffering from severe chronic pain, and three in five patients feel moderately or extremely anxious or depressed as a result of their pain.

These are the findings released today from the interim data from PainSTORY (Pain Study Tracking Ongoing Responses for Year), the first survey of its kind to provide indepth insight into how chronic pain impacts the lives of patients over one year in 13 European countries.

Today's data provide a picture of patients' lives over the three months since the survey began and show that, despite consultation with a healthcare professional and treatment, patients are still struggling with their pain, impacting their quality of life.

"Interim results from PainSTORY are important and highlight that patients continue to suffer from chronic pain despite seeking medical attention," said Dr Varrassi, President of the European Federation of IASP Chapters, a leading pain society. He added, "The medical community need to provide adequate treatment for patients in moderate-severe pain, but there seems to still be barriers that need to be overcome".

PainSTORY shows that both the physical and psychological aspects of patients' lives are affected by their pain. The influence of pain extends into patients' working lives, and almost half have changed the way they work. "I couldn't interact. The pain trapped me and I couldn't socialise. I felt like a prisoner of the pain and really conditioned by it," said one patient from the UK.

Today's data show patients are being prescribed suboptimal treatment for their pain. Of the 81% of patients with moderate-to-severe pain on prescription medication, only 13% were prescribed strong opioids.

Professor Erdine from the World Institute of Pain stated, "We are interested to see the next wave of results for PainSTORY. There have already been some interesting issues that have been brought to light. This survey demonstrates the pressing need for improved management of pain across Europe."