Perceived patient benefits from using prescription opioids and other therapies to manage persistent pain.

Spread the love

Perceived patient benefits from using prescription opioids and other therapies to manage persistent pain.

J Opioid Manag. 2019 Jan/Feb;16(1):5-14

Authors: Mitra F, Woolley T

Abstract
OBJECTIVE: There is current controversy surrounding the long-term prescription of opioids to persistent pain (PP) pa-tients due to potential dangers of addiction and overdose. This study is the first to explore the perspectives of PP pa-tients attending a multidisciplinary pain clinic on the benefits associated with using opioids and other self-medication strategies for pain relief.
DESIGN, PATIENTS, AND SETTING: Cross-sectional study utilizing a self-administered survey of patients attending an Austra-lian General Practice pain clinic for treatment of PP for at least 1 year (n = 93; response rate = 89 percent).
RESULTS: Of the 93 participants, 79 percent reported being on opioid medication, with 49 percent on such medication for over 1 year. One or more side-effects were experienced by 53 percent of PP patients using opioids (although all felt these side-effects were at least « somewhat » acceptable). In addition, 64 percent of PP on opioid medication felt the benefits were « sub-stantially » worth the risk of harm, and 50 percent reported their medication had led to « substantial » improvements in their qual-ity of life. Many PP patients also used nonprescription medications and other complementary therapies for pain relief; how-ever, only the illicit drug cannabis was consistently stated (by 79 percent of users) to have benefits regarding relaxation and sleeping.
CONCLUSION: Overall, PP patients felt the benefits of opioid use outweighed the risks, and using opioid medication sig-nificantly improved their quality of life. This may be partly due to the poor efficacy of other nonprescription medications and complementary therapies in managing PP beyond short-term relief.

PMID: 32091612 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]


Source: ncbi 2

Partage le savoir

L’article Perceived patient benefits from using prescription opioids and other therapies to manage persistent pain. est apparu en premier sur .

error: Content is protected !!
%d blogueurs aiment cette page :