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Prevalence and correlates of painful conditions and multimorbidity in national sample of overweight/obese Veterans

Diana M. Higgins, PhD, et al.

Chronic pain and overweight/obesity occur at particularly high rates among Veterans in Veterans Health Administration care. To better understand the overlap of these conditions and the effect of additional medical and mental health conditions on these co-occurring conditions, we examined rates of back pain and arthritis among a national sample of Veterans with overweight/obesity. A majority of these Veterans (72%) reported back and/or arthritis pain. Women Veterans were more likely to report arthritis and combined back pain and arthritis. Veterans who reported pain were more likely to report additional health conditions, which may make treating cooccurring overweight/obesity and chronic pain more challenging.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2014.10.0251

Volume 53 Number 1, 2016
   Pages 71 — 82


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Higgins DM, Buta E, Dorflinger L, Masheb RM, Ruser CB, Goulet JL, Heapy AA. Prevalence and correlates of painful conditions and multimorbidity in national sample of overweight/obese Veterans. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2016; 53(1):71–82.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2014.10.0251
ORCID: Diana M. Higgins, PhD: 0000-0002-6885-266X; Alicia A. Heapy, PhD: 0000-0003-1284-8263; Joseph L. Goulet, MS, PhD: 0000-0002-0842-804X.
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