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2020 Apr 01

Pain Med



Health Literacy, Opioid Misuse, and Pain Experience Among Adults with Chronic Pain.


Rogers AH, Bakhshaie J, Orr MF, Ditre JW, Zvolensky MJ
Pain Med. 2020 Apr 01; 21(4):670-676.
PMID: 30938818.


Chronic pain is a significant public health problem that is associated with several negative health outcomes, including increased health care cost, decreased productivity, and prescription opioid misuse. Although efforts have been made to curb the growing opioid epidemic in the United States, further research is needed to better understand individual difference factors that may be associated with greater pain and opioid misuse. Lower levels of health literacy, defined as the ability to obtain, understand, and use health information to make important decisions regarding health and medical care, has been associated with several chronic illnesses. Yet little work has examined the relationship between health literacy, pain, and opioid misuse among individuals with chronic pain.