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Am J Public Health. 1999 Jun;89(6):930-4.

Lower body osteoarticular pain and dose of analgesic medications in older disabled women: the Women's Health and Aging Study.

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Department of Preventive Medicine, University of Tennessee, Memphis 38105, USA. mpahor@utmem1.utmem.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study assessed use and dosage of analgesic medications in relation to severity of osteoarticular pain.

METHODS:

The type and dose of analgesic medication and the severity of pain in the lower back, hips, knees, or feet of 1002 older disabled women were assessed.

RESULTS:

Severe pain and the use of analgesic medications were reported by 48.5% and 78.8% of women, respectively. Among those who had severe pain, 41.2% were using less than 20% of the maximum analgesic dose. Overall, 6.6% of women were using more than 100% of the maximum dose.

CONCLUSIONS:

Severe pain is common. Additional, more effective, and safe analgesic treatments are needed for controlling pain in older persons.

PMID:
10358691
PMCID:
PMC1508667
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