NIH Study Broadens Understanding of High Impact Chronic Pain in the US

Among the study’s top findings was the revelation that pain-related disability identifies a substantial portion of the chronic pain population experiencing progressive deterioration in mental and physical health outcomes along with substantially higher health care usage. Together, the High Impact Chronic Pain (HICP) population constitutes some 4.8 percent of the U.S. adult population. About 83 percent of people with HICP were unable to work for a living, and one-third had difficulty with self-care activities such as washing themselves and getting dressed.

 

Persistent Opioid Use After Wisdom Tooth Extraction

This study investigated the association of filled perioperative opioid prescriptions with persistent use of prescription opioid medications following wisdom tooth extraction and found that opioid-naive patients are at risk for persistent opioid use after elective surgery.