Addiction, physical dependence, and tolerance: precise definitions to help clinicians evaluate and treat chronic pain patients.

@article{Heit2003AddictionPD,
  title={Addiction, physical dependence, and tolerance: precise definitions to help clinicians evaluate and treat chronic pain patients.},
  author={Howard A. Heit},
  journal={Journal of pain & palliative care pharmacotherapy},
  year={2003},
  volume={17 1},
  pages={
          15-29
        }
}
  • Howard A. Heit
  • Published in Journal of pain & palliative care pharmacotherapy 2003
Pain is among the most common complaints for which people seek medical care; yet pain is also among the most undertreated patient complaints. Reasons for this include reluctance by clinicians to prescribe and support the use of opioids, often due to a fear of addiction. To address this issue, three major health professional organizations that deal with the treatment of pain and addiction, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the American Pain Society, and the American Society of Addiction… CONTINUE READING

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