Cost-effectiveness of self-management methods for the treatment of chronic pain in an aging adult population: a systematic review of the literature

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Boyers et al (2013) aimed to determine the cost-effectiveness of self-management techniques for older populations with chronic pain using a systematic review of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) with cost-effectiveness data and at least 6 months’ follow-up. All the studies (n=7) measured cost-effectiveness as cost per improvement in primary outcome.


The authors suggest that self-management is effective among an aging adult population (mean age over 60) with chronic pain and may be cost-effective when outcomes are measured using the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index pain score.