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Neuropathic Pain Patients in Japan Have Worse Health Status Than Those with Other Types of Pain

Sep 3, 2012

New Results from the National Health and Wellness Survey Show Patients in Japan with Neuropathic Pain Report Significantly Worse Outcomes Than Those Both without Pain and with Other Forms of Pain

NEW YORK, September 3, 2012—Neuropathic pain is associated with significantly lower levels of health-related quality of life among Japanese patients compared with patients experiencing another type of pain and patients without pain, according to new findings from the National Health and Wellness Survey (NHWS), conducted by Kantar Health and presented today at the ISPOR (International Society for Pharmacoeconomic and Outcomes Research) 5th Asia-Pacific Conference. Neuropathic pain is most commonly caused by diabetes but can also arise from a variety of other chronic conditions (such as herpes zoster) and specific treatments (such as chemotherapy).


Japanese patients with neuropathic pain had significantly lower physical (42.43) and mental (41.60) component summary scores than patients experiencing another form of pain (45.41 and 44.83, respectively) and patients without pain (51.03 and 47.41, respectively). Patients with neuropathic pain also reported significantly more visits to their healthcare provider in the past six months (18.85) compared with patients with non-neuropathic pain (8.21) and patients without pain (4.60).

“Although Japanese patients with neuropathic pain don’t report a higher frequency of pain than patients with other types of pain, they are reporting that the severity of their pain is significantly greater,” says Andy Stankus, Senior Vice President, Asia-Pacific, Kantar Health. “In addition to their lowered quality of life, these patients also have greater activity impairment. Japanese patients with neuropathic pain have significantly worse humanistic and economic outcomes, which suggest that improved management of neuropathic pain may have substantial health outcomes benefits. And, despite this burden, over a third of patients remain untreated, emphasizing the need for improved disease management.”

About the National Health and Wellness Survey (NHWS)

The study’s results were drawn from the 2010 Japan NHWS, a nationally representative, self-administered survey conducted annually via the Internet. Topics covered include the health status, attitudes, behaviors and outcomes among adults 18 or older.

Kantar Health conducts NHWS annually in the US, Europe, Asia and Latin America. The survey is the largest self-reported database in the healthcare industry.


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