Almost 1 in 5 South African adults have chronic pain
A prevalence study conducted in a large nationally representative sample.
Limited information on the prevalence and risk factors for chronic pain is available for developing countries. Therefore investigated the prevalence of chronic pain and the association between this pain and various personal and sociodemographic factors by including questions in the South Africa Demographic and Household Survey 2016. The survey was conducted by face-to-face interviews with a nationally representative sample of the adult population (ages 15 and older). Chronic pain was defined as pain or discomfort that had been experienced all the time or on and off for 3 months or more.