Many people report pain for a long time after a strokeBMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7552.0-e (Published 25 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:0-e
Research question How many people are in pain after a stroke and for how long?
Answer One third of patients report moderate or severe pain in the first few months after a stroke. About one fifth are still in pain after 16 months.
Why did the authors do the study? Pain is often underdiagnosed and undertreated after a stroke. These authors wanted to find out how common it is among unselected patients recruited from the community. They also wanted to find out how and where patients experience pain after a stroke and what happens to their pain over time.
What did they do? For …