Patterns and Trends in Opioid Use among Individuals with Back Pain in the United States

@article{Luo2004PatternsAT,
  title={Patterns and Trends in Opioid Use among Individuals with Back Pain in the United States},
  author={Xuemei Luo and Ricardo Pietrobon and Lloyd A Hey},
  journal={Spine},
  year={2004},
  volume={29 8},
  pages={
          884-90; discussion 891
        }
}
STUDY DESIGN Secondary analysis of Medical Expenditure Panel Survey from 1996 to 1999. OBJECTIVE To examine patterns in opioid use in 1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999 among individuals with back pain in the United States and to investigate trends in the use of overall and individual opioid category. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA To the authors' best knowledge, no study has examined at a national level the patterns and trends in opioid use among individuals with back pain in the United States… CONTINUE READING
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