New Portuguese publication: The economic impact of chronic pain

The European Journal of Health Economics

January 2016, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 87-98

First online: 22 November 2014

The economic impact of chronic pain: a nationwide population-based cost-of-illness study in Portugal


In addition to its high frequency and relevant individual and social impact, chronic pain (CP) has been shown to be a major contributor to increased healthcare utilisation, reduced labour productivity, and consequently large direct and indirect costs. In the context of a larger nationwide study, we aimed to assess the total annual direct and indirect costs associated with CP in Portugal.

A population-based study was conducted in a representative sample of the Portuguese adult population. The 5,094 participants were selected using random digit dialling and contacted by computer-assisted telephone interviews. Questionnaires included the brief pain inventory and pain disability index. Estimates were adequately weighted for the population.

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