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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

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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, and The ASPREE Investigators, 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. ISSN 0898-2643 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/0898264320952914

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 Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:analgesia, geriatric, pain
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Clinical sciences
Research Field:Geriatrics and gerontology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Health related to ageing
UTAS Author:Nelson, MR (Professor Mark Nelson)
ID Code:140991
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2020-09-17
Last Modified:2021-04-21
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