Healthcare costs and nonadherence among chronic opioid users.

@article{Leider2011HealthcareCA,
  title={Healthcare costs and nonadherence among chronic opioid users.},
  author={Harry L. Leider and J Dhaliwal and Elizabeth J. H. Davis and Mahesh Kulakodlu and Ami R. Buikema},
  journal={The American journal of managed care},
  year={2011},
  volume={17 1},
  pages={
          32-40
        }
}
OBJECTIVES To assess the health economic burden of chronic opioid users and to determine whether opioid regimen nonadherence contributes to increased healthcare costs. STUDY DESIGN Retrospective claims-based analysis of patients with long-term prescription opioid use (>120 days of supply over 6 months). METHODS Twelve-month healthcare utilization and costs were compared for chronic opioid users (n = 49,425) and, among chronic opioid users with urine drug-monitoring results (n = 2100… CONTINUE READING

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