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Why chronic pain needs to be classified as a disability

15.5 million people in England live with chronic pain. Almost one-third of people with long-term pain experience high-impact chronic pain, which means it hinders their ability to participate in daily activities and enjoy life.

However, even though this condition is disabling, the government does not count it as a disability—and that should change.

Although there are various yardsticks to measure disability against, commonly assessed barriers are those of environment, attitude and institution.