Study Shows Over 10 Million Adults in Italy Suffer from Chronic Pain
A recent study conducted by the Istituto Superiore di Sanità has revealed that over 10 million adults in Italy suffer from chronic pain, with women being affected more than men. The study, which involved over 44 thousand participants, found that chronic pain is present in 8% of the population aged 18-44 years, and increases to 50% in those aged over eighty-five.
The study also found that gender inequalities are confirmed, with 60% of adults with chronic pain in Italy being female. The distribution of this condition was found to be variable across Italy, with a more evident disadvantage in the South for individuals aged 65 and over.
The causes that may be at the origin, or are in any case underlying the onset of chronic pain, include a primary disease, trauma, surgery, and tumor. Additionally, 13% of those suffering from chronic pain have moderate to severe depressive symptoms compared to less than 2% in the unaffected population.
The Istituto Superiore di Sanità has emphasized the importance of this study in identifying diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation needs, as well as prevention models and social-welfare support plans for those suffering from chronic pain. This monitoring of chronic pain in the country has been included in the National Statistical Program and will hopefully favor the full application of what the Italian law has already provided for since 2010 on the subject of access to the pain therapy network for all.
The study sheds light on the need for adequate attention and reliable and validated measurements of chronic pain, and its informative impact has the potential to bring about positive changes for those affected by this condition.
The findings of this study have far-reaching implications for the healthcare and social welfare systems in Italy, and it is hoped that they will lead to better support and care for those suffering from chronic pain.