Management of chronic noncancer pain in the primary care setting.

  title={Management of chronic noncancer pain in the primary care setting.},
  author={Bruce D Nicholson and Steven D. Passik},
  journal={Southern medical journal},
  volume={100 10},
While opioids are regarded as the mainstay of chronic pain management, their use is controversial in the minds of many primary care physicians due to clinical concerns about dependence, abuse, and addiction and medicolegal concerns regarding state and federal regulatory authorities. For patients with moderate to moderately severe pain, the treatment of choice is a long-acting opioid or opioid combination drug product to provide sustained analgesia along with improvements in sleep quality… CONTINUE READING