Ouch! The pain gap widens
January 24, 2012
Women feel the pain more than men — or so a new Stanford study suggests. Asked to score the level of their pain resulting from a cross-section of 250 human ailments, women reported more severe pain than did men, by 20 percent. [SF Chronicle]
The survey scoured 160,000 patients’ records, and its lead author, Dr. Atul Butte, said he wanted to make one thing clear: women’s accounts of experiencing more severe pain doesn’t necessarily translate into an actual assessment of pain tolerance.
While women do seek medical attention more readily than men, they also are more prone to painful diseases like arthritis.
Researchers for the study garnered “pain scores” from 72,000 patients.