A meta-analysis of 19 studies published in BMJ Open suggests that approximately 28 million (43%) people in the UK may be living with chronic pain from conditions such as arthritis; this is almost triple the number expected previously. This research, supported by Arthritis Research UK, also indicates that perhaps 14% of UK adults experience chronic widespread pain. Women tend to be more likely to experience chronic pain.
Up to half of UK people living in pain. London: BBC Health News, June 21st 2016.
This relates to:
Fayaz, A. Croft, P. [and] Langford, RM. [et al] (2016). Prevalence of chronic pain in the UK: a systematic review and meta-analysis of population studies. BMJ Open. June 20th 2016; 6: 6, e010364.
See also the following appraisal:
Almost half of all UK adults may be living with chronic pain. London: NHS Choices Behind the Headlines, June 21st 2016.
Possibly of interest:
Diagnosed with arthritis in your 30s. London: BBC Health News, June 22nd 2016.