A number of studies have examined the relationship between chronic (musculoskeletal) pain and mortality. Some have shown increases in all-cause, cancer-related and cardio-respiratory mortality. However, results are equivocal and others have reported null or non-significant effects. This lecture (a) will summarise the evidence in this field; (b) will present some recent data suggesting a possible gender-specific effect; and (c) will review recent papers examining possible mechanisms for such a relationship – focusing on modifiable lifestyle factors such as diet and lifestyle.
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