Sunday, May 11, 2008

The Pain Gap in America unveiled

Pain is perceived differently based on interesting variables ...

"According to the researchers in Princeton University, there exists a ‘pain gap’ in America that varies with different income groups. The research concludes that pain is inversely proportional to income.

It has been found that the intensity of pain depends on whether the person belongs to the higher income group or the bourgeoisie. Study shows that almost 28% of the population in America which is under moderate or severe pain, belongs to the group with less education and fewer earnings while a negligible 8% percent of high salary earners experience some or the other pain.

“To a significant extent, pain does divide the classes, and just how the levels of pain vary among people and across activities; that has never been found before until now,” said Krueger, the Bendheim Professor in Economics and Public Policy. “People in households making less than $30,000 a year spend almost 20 percent of their time in moderate to severe pain, compared with less than 8 percent for those in households with income above $100,000 a year,” he added. It has also been reported that the study subjects who did not have a high school degree experienced twice the average pain in the whole day than the college graduates. However, who among these is in pain and when, has not been understood by the researchers.

“The novelty of this study is the possibility to relate people's pain experiences to their daily activities,” notes Juha H.O. Turunen, a professor in the Department of Social Pharmacy at the University of Kuopio in Finland."    (Continued via HealthJockey.com)    [Ergonomics Resources]

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