Increased Burden of Healthcare Utilization and Cost Associated with Opioid-Related Constipation Among Patients with Noncancer Pain.

@article{Fernandes2016IncreasedBO,
  title={Increased Burden of Healthcare Utilization and Cost Associated with Opioid-Related Constipation Among Patients with Noncancer Pain.},
  author={Ancilla W. Fernandes and David M Kern and Catherine J. Datto and Yen-Wen Chen and Charles McLeskey and Ozgur Tunceli},
  journal={American health & drug benefits},
  year={2016},
  volume={9 3},
  pages={160-70}
}
BACKGROUND Opioids are widely accepted as treatment for moderate to severe pain, and opioid-induced constipation is one of the most common side effects of opioids. This side effect negatively affects pain management and patients' quality of life, which could result in increased healthcare utilization and costs. OBJECTIVE To assess healthcare utilization and costs (all-cause, constipation-related, and pain-related) for individuals with and without opioid-induced constipation during the 12… CONTINUE READING
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