PainRelief.com Interview with:
Richard L. Nahin, Ph.D., M.P.H
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
National Institutes of Health
PainRelief.com: What is the background for this study?
Response: Individuals of Hispanic ancestry living in the U.S. include numerous subpopulations that vary in the prevalence of chronic disabling conditions, as well as exhibit differences in socioeconomic status, health behaviors, global health status, health care utilization, and genetic profiles.
Despite this evidence, there are few nationally representative studies examining the epidemiology of pain in these Hispanic subpopulations, and none that compared global measures of pain chronicity, severity, nor examined the influence of race on potential associations with pain in Hispanics.