De facto long-term opioid therapy for noncancer pain.

@article{Korff2008DeFL,
  title={De facto long-term opioid therapy for noncancer pain.},
  author={Michael von Korff and Kathleen W Saunders and Gary Thomas Ray and Denise Boudreau and Cynthia I. Campbell and Joseph O. Merrill and Mark D Sullivan and Carolyn Rutter and M J Silverberg and Caleb J. Banta-Green and Constance M. Weisner},
  journal={The Clinical journal of pain},
  year={2008},
  volume={24 6},
  pages={521-7}
}
OBJECTIVES This paper describes characteristics of opioid use episodes for noncancer pain and defines thresholds for de facto long-term opioid therapy. METHODS CONSORT (CONsortium to Study Opioid Risks and Trends) includes adult members of 2 health plans serving over 1% of the US population. Opioid use episodes beginning in the years 1997 to 2005 were classified as acute, episodic, long-term/lower dose, or long-term/higher dose. RESULTS On the basis of evaluation of the likelihood of opioid… CONTINUE READING
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