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Rural, Suburban, and Urban Differences in Chronic Pain and Coping Among Adults in North Carolina: 2018 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System


Overall, the most frequently used coping mechanism for chronic pain was the use of over-the-counter medications and the least frequently used was alcohol, marijuana, or another street drug. Use of nonmedication therapy was much more common among people in urban areas than those in suburban and rural areas. Use of 3 or more treatment mechanisms was also more common in urban areas compared with suburban and rural areas. Other response categories were using prescription nonnarcotics, prescription narcotics, other mechanisms, or no mechanisms.

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Prevalence of coping mechanism use for chronic pain among North Carolina adults and among those living in urban, suburban, and rural areas, North Carolina Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2018.

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