LOS ANGELES, Sept. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Pain Report and the non-profit For Grace released the results of a major online readers' survey on the controversial topic of Women in Pain. The results were also discussed at the annual meeting of For Grace in Los Angeles today.
Over 2,400 women in chronic pain filled out the survey, which is the largest response the National Pain Report has ever experienced.
"We aren't surprised by the large participation in the survey," said Ed Coghlan, CEO of the National Pain Report. "Our coverage over the past couple of years has surfaced the importance of this issue time and again. In fact, the passion of response that our stories have received was a major reason we decided to conduct the survey."
The survey revealed:
- 90% of women feel they have been discriminated against by the healthcare system
- 84% feel they are treated differently by doctors because they are women
- 55% feel more comfortable being treated by a woman physician
- Nearly 60% of the women said they were currently using a narcotic painkiller
- Many suffer from multiple pain conditions
- 60% have fibromyalgia
- 59% have back pain
- 34% have migraine headaches
- 34% have osteoarthritis
- 86% said their husband, boyfriend and/or partner is "usually" or "always" supportive of them
"The intensity of the survey response is itself a testament to why women in pain should be a topic that generates more research and care in the medical industry," said Cynthia Toussant, Founder and Executive Director of For Grace. "What women in pain really think, which can be seen in the survey results, is that we need a change in how we are diagnosed and treated."
"The National Pain Report will conduct additional surveys on specific topics of interest to chronic pain patients in the future," said Coghlan. "Our growing audience likes to interact and we gain valuable input from these surveys that help inform how we will expand our coverage of chronic pain."
Complete survey results, click here.
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