Friday, March 4, 2011

Overlapping Pain Conditions: Women in Pain Need More

  • Women are treated less aggressively than men for pain and their reports of pain are often taken less seriously by healthcare professionals than are men's.
  • Health care professionals are more likely to dismiss women's pain reports as emotional, psychological, or oversensitive and therefore not "real," leading to women's more frequent mental health diagnoses.
  • These conditions result in a staggering financial burden, estimated at $80 billion a year in direct and indirect health care costs.
  • The funds allocated to researching these conditions through the National Institutes of Health are woefully inadequate, at just $1.33 per year for every affected woman. 

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