A new study conducted by researchers at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale University School of Medicine has identified a statistical difference in male and female veterans’ reports of pain.
The study followed 153,212 veterans (18,481 female; 134,731 male) for one year after their last deployment. Veterans’ records were evaluated and categorized according to their report of “any pain”, “moderate-severe pain,” and “persistent pain.” Women veterans were less likely to report “any pain” and “persistent pain” than their male counterparts. The results of the study were contrary to similar studies conducted on civilians where women were found to be more likely to report pain.
Researchers believe that the reluctance some female veterans have to seek treatment at VA hospitals and clinics might be one factor contributing to the discrepancy established by the study.
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