In this issue of the Scandinavian Journal of Pain, Synva Nesheim Hasseleid and co-workers  report findings from a study on an important yet understudied issue: medicine use among adolescents. The purpose of this interesting study was, in a large, representative study population, to examine whether there is an association between adolescent and parental use of nonprescription analgesics. The paper provides new knowledge that improves understanding and management of pain.1Pain and medicine use is common among adolescentsAdolescence is often considered as a life-stage without serious health problems but this is not true. For example, the prevalence of pain – in particular headache – is high among adolescents: Approximately 54% of European adolescents report having headache at least once a month . A large proportion of these adolescents report recurrent pain and pain in several parts of the body every month [2,3]. In Norway, 15% of all 15-year-olds report headache more than weekly . The Study by Hasseleid et al. confirms that headache is the most prevalent pain and that 20% of the participating adolescents have suffered from musculoskeletal pain (neck, back, arms, shoulders, knee, feet) during the past two weeks. Eighteen percent of adolescents have used non-prescription analgesics during
Scandinavian Journal of Pain – de Gruyter
Published: Dec 29, 2017
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