Pain Awareness Month 2021
The U.S. Pain Foundation seeks to raise awareness on the critical issues facing 50 million Americans living with chronic pain this September during Pain Awareness Month.
The initiative, #PainCounts, shows the devastating burden of chronic pain and the impact it has on real people. Each day, we’ll be sharing a fact about chronic pain on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, along with sharing one article a week that focuses on different aspects of chronic pain awareness and care. At the end of the month, we will host a live event over Zoom that brings together experts in the field of pain care and patients to discuss why #PainCounts.
On this page, you’ll find all the articles we are publishing, source information for each #PainCounts daily fact, and more resources.
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Daily Fact Sources
- Fact: At least 50 million Americans endure pain every day. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/67/wr/mm6736a2.htm
- Fact: 20 million Americans live with “high-impact pain” or pain that significantly impacts their daily life. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/67/wr/mm6736a2.htm
- Fact: In a U.S. Pain Survey, 84% of children with chronic pain indicated they experienced anxiety. https://uspainfoundation.org/surveyreports/pediatric-pain-report/
- Fact: Pain is one of the leading reasons American adults seek health care. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16471269/&sa=D&source=editors&ust=1627578149196000&usg=AFQjCNH247lOJ9rUBuMGx5VxDtxz-n4t2A
- Fact: A report found that healthcare practitioners feel less sympathy, dislike patients more, and suspect deception when there is no clear medical explanation for the pain. https://biblio.ugent.be/publication/7089631/file/7089643.pdf
- Fact: In a U.S. Pain Survey, 83% of respondents mentioned the use of heat and cold therapy to manage pain. https://uspainfoundation.org/surveyreports/accesstocare/
- Fact: As of 2018, 96% of medical schools in the US did not require students to take courses on pain medicine. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6251835/
- Fact: The National Institutes of Health dedicate less than 2 percent of funding to pain research. https://www.hhs.gov/about/budget/budget-in-brief/nih/index.html
- Fact: People with severe pain spent $7,726 more on annual health care expenditures than people with no pain. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22607834
- Fact: People with chronic pain have at least twice the risk of suicide than those without chronic pain. https://www.acpjournals.org/doi/10.7326/M18-0830
- Fact: Latinx patients were 22% less likely and Black patients were 29% less likely to receive opioid analgesia than white patients. https://academic.oup.com/painmedicine/article/13/2/150/1935962
- Fact: Half of white medical students believed at least one false statement like “Black people’s nerve-endings are less sensitive than white people’s nerve-endings” to be true. https://www.pnas.org/content/113/16/4296
- Fact: In 2010 dollars, pain costs the nation up to $635 billion each year in medical treatments, disability payments, and lost productivity. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22553896/
- Fact: In a survey of 3,000 physicians nationwide, more than one-third said opioid restrictions “have hurt patients with pain.” https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/01/02/doctors-curtail-opioids-but-many-see-harm-pain-patients
- Fact: In a U.S. Pain Survey, 43% of respondents indicated heating pads and adhesives were effective at managing their pain. https://uspainfoundation.org/surveyreports/accesstocare/
- Fact: People making under $55k are less likely to be prescribed pain medication than those with higher incomes. https://secureservercdn.net/18.104.22.168/d4q.b22.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/AAMP_2021_Poster_FINAL.pdf
Our 2021 Pain Awareness Month campaign is made possible through the generous sponsorship of Sunbeam®, a leading manufacturer of electric appliances serving home and personal wellness.
Thank you for supporting the pain community!