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Many people report pain for a long time after a stroke

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (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 …

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