Chronic Pain continues to have a devastating affect on Canadians and their families

November 07, 2007, Kitchener, Ontario

Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer


SES Research has release a very significant study looking into the state of chronic pain in Canada.   The study shows how prevalent chronic pain has become and the devastating impact chronic pain continues to have on the individual sufferer and family.  The study shows that 1 in 3 Canadians suffers from moderate to severe chronic pain.  1 in 3 of those with moderate to severe chronic pain suffers a high incidence of depression and anxiety along with significant feelings of helplessness.  More than 50% of those with chronic pain are taking prescription medication.  Understandably, for those suffering from moderate to severe chronic pain, they are losing on average approximately $12,500.00 in income annually.   We understand the plight that many chronic pain suffers go through in attempting to live their lives with chronic pain.  They are trying to live as normal life as possible but they face severe challenges that are significant to them but unfortunately are largely invisible to others around them.  Chronic pain is the invisible injury.  It´s our job to tell our client´s story to insurance adjusters, defence lawyers and juries to help them obtain the necessary treatment and fair compensation for their chronic pain injury.


New comprehensive population survey of Canadians confirms that pain is a mounting problem, with impacts extending into Canadians' work life, relationships and emotional health.

Toronto, November 7, 2007 - Highlights of a new comprehensive population survey has revealed that one in three (33%) Canadians now live with moderate to severe pain as an ongoing part of their lives. One in six (16%) live with constant pain, and one in five (20%) experience pain daily.

"This research allows us to grasp the immense scope of the problem that pain is causing within Canadian society," said Dr. Barry Sessle, President of the Canadian Pain Society. "It is reaching never-before-seen prevalence in the general population, and is clearly affecting almost every part of the lives of Canadians - from work and productivity, to emotional health and self-esteem, to family relationships."

For the study, SES Research randomly surveyed 2,000 Canadians across the country, from which an additional 300 in-depth interviews were conducted with individuals who were identified with moderate to severe chronic pain. The in-depth interviews focused on understanding the impact that living with pain played on their lives.

"Pain is clearly having an enormous impact upon the lives of Canadians," said Nik Nanos, President of SES Research, who conducted the study on behalf of the Canadian Pain Society. "A full third of individuals with moderate to severe pain said that they had lost their job as a result of it, and half said that they had seen a reduction of income. This income loss was pegged at an average of $12,558 over a one year period, due to their pain," Nanos said.

Said Nanos: "Our study also probed into the emotional and mental health impact that living with chronic pain can have on sufferers. We saw high instances (38%) of depression and anxiety, as well as significant feelings of helplessness. Pain may also be affecting family relationships -- 30% of individuals with moderate to severe chronic pain felt that their families didn't understand how pain was affecting their lives."

"As experts trying to help patients with pain, we are very concerned that Canada's healthcare system is not equipped to deal with the scope of this problem," said Dr. Sessle. "Indeed, a study by the Canadian Pain Society this past year has documented that access to effective pain management is poor, with many chronic pain patients in Canada having to wait years before they can be seen at a proper pain treatment program. Compounding this, evidence was presented earlier this week that Canadian veterinarians receive an average of over three times as much designated pain training as doctors, nurses, dentists, and other healthcare professionals. When you consider that many healthcare professionals chose their careers out of a desire to alleviate suffering, it is ironic that - based on this finding -- our pets may be getting better pain treatment than human patients."

A summary of the report highlights is attached, or can be found at is a new campaign supported by the Canadian Pain Society, Canadian Pain Coalition, the Canadian Pain Foundation and other partner groups, companies and individuals. The campaign seeks to raise awareness and promote better prevention and management of all types of pain in Canada.

About the Survey
The Canadian Pain Survey was conducted by an independent market research company under the auspices of the Canadian Pain Society (CPS) and in association with an Advisory Board of leading experts from across Canada who specialize in the research and management of chronic pain. It was supported by an educational grant from Purdue Pharma Canada. Full results of the Canadian Pain Survey will be available early in 2008. The Canadian Pain Society represents Canadian health professionals, scientists and others dedicated to improving understanding, treatment and education about pain issues and management practices in Canada.

For more information

Dr. Barry Sessle, President, Canadian Pain Society
905-668-9545 or

Nik Nanos, President, SES Research
613-234-4666 ext. 237 or

Ingrid Thompson, Campaign Coordinator
416-792-0431 or



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