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Friday, April 12, 2013

National Poll On Chronic Pain And Drug Addiction ~ See Complete Results Here

Have you ever participated in a public opinion poll?

If you watch any television news programs, listen to radio news, sign-up for a live Internet news feed or still read a daily newspaper, then there is a pretty good chance that daily the results of a new public opinion poll will be reported. Have you ever participated in a public opinion poll?  Usually the interviewer will tell you "this survey will only take a few minutes," which may be true if you are just reading the questions; however, if the questions are thought provoking a few minutes might turn into 20 or 30 minutes.

When you hear the results of a poll, do you ever want to know more about the questions asked of the interviewees? Today we read a headline: "Majority of Americans say that doctors should have limits on pain medication prescribing." We wanted to know more...

Research!America - An Alliance For Discoveries In Health

According to their website, Research!America was founded in 1989 by a group of individuals, each realizing that there was a deficiency in funding for medical research and the lack of good research would affect Americans for generations.
Mission Statement 
Research!America is the nation's largest not-for-profit public education and advocacy alliance working to make research to improve health a higher national priority. We urge Congress and the administration to increase funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and National Science Foundation (NSF) at levels that keep pace with scientific opportunity. We also advocate for federal funding for global health research and a legislative and regulatory climate that stimulates growth in industry research and development.

National Poll: Chronic Pain and Drug Addiction

In March 2013, Zogby Analytics conducted an online National Poll On Chronic Pain for Research!America. 1,016 people participated in the survey and the results have a sampling error of +/- 3.1%. These participants were asked 16 questions. You can see all of the questions and the poll results here. Take the time to read all of the results.

Each of the 16 questions is thought provoking and each of the statistical results would make for a newsworthy headline. You can see from the related articles below that a number of news outlets zeroed in on the poll result that "chronic pain ranks well below drug addiction as a major health problem." 

One question that caught our attention was: "Do you think doctors discuss the possibility of developing dependence or addiction to pain medication too much with their patients, not enough with their patients, or about the right amount with their patients?"  The surveyed participants responded:
  • 54% said "not enough"
  • 21% said "the right amount"
  • 17% said "not sure"
  • 7% said "too much"
Here is another poll question: "Is prescription pain medication abuse and addiction a major problem in your community?" 40% of the respondents said "yes", 25% of the respondents said "no", while 36% of the respondents were "not sure."
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