Over 80% people with Parkinson's disease (PD; PwP) live with chronic pain.

Whether ethnic disparities in receipt of appropriate analgesia exist among PwP with chronic pain living in the United Kingdom (UK).

A retrospective datamining of an existing King's PD Pain Questionnaire validation study dataset enrolling 300 PwP.

69 PwP: 23 Black (57% female), 23 Asian (57% female) and 23 White (65% female) had similar pain burden on the King's PD Pain Scale. Significantly more White PwP (83%) received pain relief compared to Black (48%) and Asian (43%) PwP (p = 0.016). The difference was most evident for opioid analgesics (White 43% vs. Black 4% vs. Asian 4%, p ≤ 0.001).

Ethnic disparities in the analgesic use among PwP with chronic pain living in the UK are evident in this retrospective analysis, prompting large-scale studies and reinforcement of interventions to tackle the impact ethnicity might have on the successful analgesia.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)369-374
Number of pages6
JournalMovement Disorders Clinical Practice
Issue number3
Early online date9 Mar 2022
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2022


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