The Initiation of Chronic Opioids: A Survey of Chronic Pain Patients.

  title={The Initiation of Chronic Opioids: A Survey of Chronic Pain Patients.},
  author={Catherine E. Callinan and Mark D. Neuman and Kim E Lacy and Claudia Gabison and Michael Anthony Ashburn},
  journal={The journal of pain : official journal of the American Pain Society},
  volume={18 4},
This study reports the results of a researcher-administered survey with 115 patients receiving chronic opioid therapy (>90 days) to obtain information regarding how chronic opioid therapy was started. Chronic opioids were started after surgery (27.0%, 95% confidence interval [CI], 18.5-35.5) or for the treatment of acute injury-related pain (27.0%, 95% CI, 18.5-35.5). Many who initiated opioid therapy after surgery reported postoperative complications (61.3%, 95% CI, 50.8-71.8) and many with… CONTINUE READING
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