South Africa, with its high standard of living and generous social programs, is the country with the highest rates of chronic pain.
It is also one of the top countries for people with chronic pain, as it offers a number of healthcare facilities, including pain management, rehabilitation and medical services.
But is it a good choice for chronic sufferers?
A recent study conducted by South African research group the Centre for Health Promotion and Research and published in the journal Pain & Palliative Care looked at the pain treatment options available to South Africans, and what factors may be behind their success in the long-term treatment of chronic illnesses.
Key findings: The study looked at data from more than 1,600 South Africans who had been prescribed painkillers since 2013.
The average age of patients with chronic illnesses was 54.9, and the median duration of pain was seven years.
Of those patients who received painkillers, 75 percent were receiving them for their own treatment and 30 percent for their primary care provider.
Only 12 percent received the medication as a secondary care service.
The majority of the patients were white, but there were some minority groups, such as black South Africans and ethnic minorities.
The majority of pain patients received a total of 4.7 analgesics per week, and a small percentage received more than 12 analgesics a week.
The most common medication was morphine, which accounted for 70 percent of all pain patients receiving painkillers.
Overall, the study found that South Africa’s total of painkillers was more than half of the world average.
However, the majority of people who received the most painkillers in South Africa were white South Africans.
The findings have the potential to change the way South Africans treat chronic illnesses and lead to greater participation in the medical care system, the researchers said.
The study suggests that it may be a good idea for South Africans to take the opportunity to consider what they can do to make themselves and their carers more comfortable and better able to manage chronic conditions, they added.
“This study shows that there is considerable variation in pain medication prescribing across countries,” Dr. Tyshawn Kuykendall, a senior researcher at the Centre and a senior lecturer in medical health at the University of the Witwatersrand, said in a statement.
“We should be more aware of the fact that there are a wide range of treatments available to those who have chronic conditions and we need to develop strategies and strategies to address these differences.”
The study was conducted in South America, the Caribbean and Asia.
The study found no difference in the overall health of South African patients compared to those in other countries, and pain medications were prescribed to less people in South African settings than in other places.
Dr. Kuy, the lead author of the study, noted that South Africans were a lot more likely to have pain that required medical attention, as compared to people who lived in the United States.
But the results don’t necessarily mean that South African doctors and patients are performing better than those in the U.S. or Europe, he said.
People with chronic diseases may require more specialized treatment in South Africans than in the other countries in the study.
In fact, pain management services were only offered to people with serious chronic illnesses, such a cancer, chronic heart disease or chronic diabetes.
Other factors that may be at play are the availability of pain treatments, availability of doctors who can prescribe them, and cost, Dr. Küy said.
South Africa also had higher rates of patients being prescribed pain medication in South Korea than in any other country.
The U.K., on the other hand, had the lowest rates.
In terms of overall pain medication prescriptions, South Africa was not far behind the U