Table 2
Prevalence of chronic pain, by selected characteristics, household and institutional populations aged 18 to 64 and 65 or older, Canada excluding territories, 2005 (households) and 1996/1997 (institutions)

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  Households Institutions
% %
18 to 64
Total 15.5
Sex
Men 14.0*
Women 16.9
65 or older
Total 26.7§ 37.9
Sex
Men 21.0§* 33.9*
Women 31.2§ 39.4
Age group
65 to 74 24.4§ 37.3
75 to 84 29.9§* 40.7
85 or older 29.5§ 36.2
Education
Less than secondary graduation 29.5§* 40.7*
Secondary graduation or more 23.3§ 32.6
Income
Lower 28.1§* 40.2
Middle 25.4§ 37.2
Higher 22.8§ 34.7
Proxy response
Yes 39.7* 34.7*
No 26.0§ 42.4
reference category
significantly different from estimate for household population aged 65 or older (p < 0.05)
§ significantly different from estimate for institutional population (p < 0.05)
* significantly different from estimate for reference category (p < 0.05)
Sources: 2005 Canadian Community Health Survey; 1996/1997 National Population Health Survey, cross-sectional sample, Health Institutions component.
Table source: Statistics Canada, 2008, "Chronic pain in Canadian seniors", Health Reports, Vol. 19 No. 1, catalogue number 82-003-XWE.