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Musculoskeletal pain experienced on most days is a common accompaniment of ageing amongst community-dwelling older Australians: a questionnaire-based study

Gilmartin-Thomas, JF-M, Ernst, ME, Nelson, MR ORCID: 0000-0001-9941-7161, Lockery, J, Ward, SA, Woods, RL, Britt, C, Murray, A, Workman, B and McNeil, J 2020 , 'Musculoskeletal pain experienced on most days is a common accompaniment of ageing amongst community-dwelling older Australians: a questionnaire-based study' , Journal of Aging and Health , pp. 1-9 , doi: 10.1177/0898264320952914.

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Abstract

Objective: To describe the prevalence, location and impact of moderate to severe pain experienced on most days in community-dwelling older (≥70 years) adults who were ASPirin in Reducing Events in the Elderly (ASPREE) clinical trial participants. Methods: Cross-sectional ASPREE Longitudinal Study of Older Persons (ALSOP) data were collected from self-reported questionnaires administered to 16,439 ASPREE participants. Results: Of 14,155 respondents, 41% of males (n = 2651/6475) and 50% of females (n = 3803/7680) reported experiencing pain on most days. One quarter of respondents reported experiencing pain on most days that was moderate or severe in intensity (n = 3560/14,155), commonly located in the lower back, knees and upper back. Of those reporting moderate or severe pain, 51% reported taking analgesic medication on most days (n = 1812/3560), almost one-third also reported regular interference with sleep (29%, n = 1024/3560), walking (35%, n = 1239/3560) and daily activities (41%, n = 1467/3560). Discussion: Lower back, knee or upper back pain is a common accompaniment of ageing.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Gilmartin-Thomas, JF-M and Ernst, ME and Nelson, MR and Lockery, J and Ward, SA and Woods, RL and Britt, C and Murray, A and Workman, B and McNeil, J
Keywords: analgesia, geriatric, pain
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Aging and Health
Publisher: Sage Publications Inc
ISSN: 0898-2643
DOI / ID Number: 10.1177/0898264320952914
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