Prevalence and correlates of pain in people aged 60 years and above in Singapore: Results from the wise study

Pratika Satghare, Siow Ann Chong, Janhavi Vaingankar, Louisa Picco, Edimansyah Abdin, Boon Yiang Chua, Mythily Subramaniam

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

6 Citations (Scopus)


Background. Although pain is experienced among people of all ages, there is a need to study its risk factors and impact among older adults. Aims. The study sought to determine the prevalence, sociodemographics, and clinical correlates of pain along with association of pain with disability among older adults in Singapore. Methods.TheWiSE study was a comprehensive cross-sectional, single phase, epidemiological survey conducted among the elderly aged 60 years and above and used a nationally representative sample of three main ethnic groups in Singapore: Chinese, Malays, and Indians. The survey administered 10/66 protocol pain questionnaire, sociodemographic questionnaire, health status questionnaire, World Health Organization Disability Assessment Scale (WHODAS 2.0), and Geriatric Mental State (GMS) examination. Results. A total of 2565 respondents completed the study giving a response rate of 65.5%.The prevalence of pain among the elderly aged 60 years and above is 19.5 %. Females, incomplete primary education Indians, and those diagnosed with any chronic health condition were associated with risk of pain and disability. Conclusion. Study findings showed that disability related to pain among the elderly is considerable making it a priority to reduce the morbidity and disability among the elderly with pain.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7852397
Number of pages7
JournalPain Research and Management
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes

Cite this