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The Arthritis Foundation Survey found 100% of participants reported experiencing some kind of pain in the last 7 days.

The article emphasizes that newer insights regarding data related to pain: “…should serve as a jump-off point for a deeper conversation, because pain can mean different things to different patients, according to Nelson.”

“How we ask questions about pain is a problem in the research,” she said. “We are still not asking whether the pain is chronic or acute or surprising. We are just asking if it is moderate or severe.”

The article, which was published in Healio Rheumatology, goes on to state that some clinicians may not be asking about pain at all.

“We spend a lot of time in any given visit asking about inflamed joints and seeing if they have progression of disease,” Nelson said. “We need to rethink the conversation.”

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