Percentage of Adults Who Were in Pain in the Past 6 Months

Notes: Error bars indicate 95% confidence intervals. Percentages were age-adjusted to the projected 2000 U.S. population as the standard population, using five age groups: 18–29, 30–39, 40–49, 50–59, and ≥60 years.
Based on responses to the question “In the past 6 months, how often did you have pain? Would you say never, some days, most days, or every day?” For this figure, response categories “most days” and “every day” are combined.
Employment status was based on responses to the following questions: “What was [person]/were you doing last week?” and “Have you ever held a job or worked at a business?” Based on the first question, adults who were “working for pay at a job or business,” “with a job or business but not at work,” or “working, but not for pay, at a family-owned job or business” were classified as “currently employed.” Adults who were “looking for work” or “not working at a job or business and not looking for work” based on the first question and who subsequently answered “yes” to the second question were classified as “previously employed.” Adults who were “looking for work” or “not working at a job or business and not looking for work” based on the first question and who subsequently answered “no” to the second question were classified as “never employed.”
Estimates are based on household interviews of a sample of the civilian, noninstitutionalized U.S. population aged ≥18 years and are derived from the National Health Interview Survey sample adult component.

Data Source: National Health Interview Survey, 2016.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Age-Adjusted Percentage of Adults Aged ≥18 Years Who Were Never in Pain, in Pain Some Days, or in Pain Most Days or Every Day in the Past 6 Months, by Employment Status — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2016