Chronic Pain Linked to Later Life Pessimism and Joblessness What are the main findings?

Response: People who suffer from chronic pain at age 44 are more like to report pain, poor general health, poor mental health outcomes and joblessness in their 50s and 60s. What should readers take away from your report?

Response: Tracking a birth cohort across their life-course we find chronic pain is highly persistent. It is associated with poor mental health outcomes later in life including depression, as well as leading to poorer general health and joblessness. We hope the study highlights the need for academics and policy makers to focus more attention on the problems of chronic pain What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?

Response: We think there should be more studies tracking individuals over their lives to understand the on-set of chronic pain, its consequences for individuals, and ways to amelioriate the problems faced by those suffering chronic pain.

Disclosures? The study was funded by the Health Foundation.


Blanchflower DG, Bryson A (2022) Chronic pain: Evidence from the national child development study. PLoS ONE 17(11): e0275095.

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