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Study reveals failure to tackle pain

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More than three quarters of non-cancer patients with chronic pain say their pain has either worsened or not improved during the first three months of treatment, according to a study’s interim results.

Half of the cohort still rated their pain as severe after three months of treatment, while more than half say it is having a huge impact on their daily lives.

One in five have stopped taking their medication as prescribed, with two thirds of this group blaming their non-compliance on side effects such as tiredness, constipation, feeling sick or vomiting.

The PainSTORY study tracks 403 adults with chronic pain in 13 European countries over a year.

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