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Human Studies

2019 Sep

Pain Physician



Depression Trends in Patients with Chronic Pain: An Analysis of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample.


Orhurhu V, Olusunmade M, Akinola Y, Urits I, Salisu Orhurhu M, Viswanath O, Hirji S, Kaye AD, Simopoulos T, Gill JS
Pain Physician. 2019 Sep; 22(5):E487-E494.
PMID: 31561661.


Chronic pain remains a major public health issue that affects the lives of many worldwide, including patients with chronic pain. Comorbidities like depression have been associated with decreased quality of sleep, decreased enjoyment of life activities, increased anxiety, and decreased efficacy in treatments among patients with chronic pain. Despite these associations, the trends and demographic characteristics of patients with chronic pain with depression is yet to be investigated.