Americans Experience More Pain Than Other Countries

December 20, 2017

(The Atlantic) – Now, a new National Bureau of Economic Research paper explores how Americans also perceive and report pain differently from people in other countries. In other words, not only are our doctors more trigger-happy when it comes to treating pain; we seem to find ourselves covered in Bengay and sitting on the exam table more than most. The paper, which is fittingly titled “Unhappiness and Pain in Modern America,” featured a question from a 2011 survey that asked people across 30 countries the following: During the past four weeks, how often have you had bodily aches or pains? Never; seldom; sometimes; often; or very often?

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