The objective of this study was to describe evidence about chronic pain (CP) in lower socioeconomic status (SES) adult populations.
The study design was an integrative review.
DATA SOURCES used were MEDLINE, CINAHL, and PsycINFO, published from January 2008 to February 2018.
Whittemore and Kanfl's 5 staged methodology (problem identification, literature search, data evaluation, data analysis, and presentation) was used to guide the review.
Disparities based on SES affect CP development and management. Childhood risk factors impact CP experience over the life course. Neighborhood SES affects pain-related outcomes, and those with lower SES in rural settings have a higher prevalence of prescription opioid use.
Findings from this review will support nurses to interpret CP through the lens of SES.