ABC News/USA TODAY/Stanford University Pain Poll, April 2005 (ICPSR 4325)

Published: Mar 6, 2006

Principal Investigator(s):
ABC News; USA TODAY; Stanford University


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This special topic poll, conducted April 13-19, 2005, is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicit public opinion on the presidency and on a range of other political and social issues. The focus of this data collection was on respondents' experiences with pain and medications designed to alleviate pain. Respondents were queried on their level of life satisfaction, their personal health, how often they experienced physical pain, the type(s) of pain they usually experienced, and whether they had health insurance coverage. Additional questions addressed respondents' most recent experience with physical pain, their experiences with obtaining assistance from health care professionals in dealing with the pain, and how much control respondents felt they possessed over the pain. Respondents were further queried on their experiences, if any, with the medications Vioxx or Bextra, Celebrex, and Aleve. Background information includes age, education, household income, race, sex, and urban characteristics (large city, rural, small city, or suburb).

ABC News, USA TODAY, and Stanford University. ABC News/USA TODAY/Stanford University Pain Poll, April 2005. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-03-06.

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2005-04-13 -- 2005-04-19

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Households were selected by random-digit dialing. Within households, the respondent selected was the adult living in the household who last had a birthday and who was home at the time of the interview.

Persons aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in the contiguous 48 United States.


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The data contain weights that should be used for analysis.


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