Factors Associated With Pain Frequency Among Adults With Chronic Conditions. Academic Article uri icon


  • CONTEXT: Chronic pain affects approximately 100 million Americans, but little is known about the factors associated with pain frequency. OBJECTIVES: This article examines participants' sociodemographics, medical history, health care access and utilization, self-management barriers, and social support associated with pain frequency among a sample of middle-aged and older adults with one or more chronic condition. METHODS: Data were from the National Council on Aging Chronic Care Survey. An ordinal regression model was fitted to examine factors associated with self-reported pain frequency. RESULTS: Having more chronic conditions (P<0.001), taking more medication daily (P<0.001), and visiting the physician five or more times a year (P=0.011) were associated with more frequent pain. Always getting the help and support needed to manage their health problems was associated with less frequent pain (P<0.001). CONCLUSION: More attention should be given to pain management during interactions with health care providers. Providing resources and support for disease self-management may help reduce pain frequency and self-management in middle-aged and older adults with chronic conditions.

published proceedings

  • J Pain Symptom Manage

altmetric score

  • 2.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Robinson, K. T., Bergeron, C. D., Mingo, C. A., Meng, L. u., Ahn, S., Towne, S. D., Ory, M. G., & Smith, M. L.

citation count

  • 8

complete list of authors

  • Robinson, Kayin T||Bergeron, Caroline D||Mingo, Chivon A||Meng, Lu||Ahn, SangNam||Towne, Samuel D||Ory, Marcia G||Smith, Matthew Lee

publication date

  • November 2017