Pain Awareness Month – A Look at Recent Research

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 20% of US adults has chronic pain, and as many as 8% of US adults has high-impact chronic pain, that is pain that interferes with life and work activities. Pain can be disabling, in and of itself, and it can occur alongside other disabilities such as traumatic brain injury, musculoskeletal disorders, or depression.

In previous articles, we’ve talked about the impact of pain on participation, ways to stay active when you live with chronic pain (even if it hurts to move), and the importance of self-care when living with chronic conditions. Today, we’ll look at some of the latest research on pain and pain management happening in the NIDILRR grantee community and explore new acquisitions in the NARIC collection on the topic.

Current NIDILRR Grantee Research on Pain

Current projects funded by NIDILRR are looking at pain and its impact in several life areas. These projects include:

New Products and Publications on Pain from the Grantee Community

The REHABDATA database contains thousands of abstracts for research articles on pain, pain management, pain as a secondary condition, and other topics. Here are a couple of search strategies you can explore:

Try your own search at or contact an information specialist to conduct a targeted search that meets your research needs.

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