HEALTH / WELL-BEING

Chronic pain: The Canadian Armed Forces Members and Veterans Mental Health Follow-up Survey

Article

Chronic pain is pain that has lasted three to six months or longer. Many people with back pain, migraines, arthritis, and gastrointestinal conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome have chronic pain. The experience of chronic pain may have various negative effects on individuals. This paper explores chronic pain in members of the Canadian Armed Forces and veterans.

Abstract

Chronic pain is an understudied area of research among military members and Veterans. Thus, the authors explored chronic pain in the Canadian military population. This study looks at the differences in chronic pain conditions among serving personnel and Veterans. The results show that a majority of serving members and Veterans experience chronic pain conditions. Veterans also reported experiencing more chronic pain than serving members.

Full Reference

Chronic pain: The Canadian Armed Forces Members and Veterans Mental Health Follow-up Survey, 2021. Perera Essence, Thompson James M., Asmundson Gordon J.G., El-Gabalawy Renée, Afifi Tracie O., Sareen Jitender, and Bolton Shay-Lee. Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health.