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Human Studies

2019 Apr 03

BMJ Open



Opioid use disorder in chronic non-cancer pain in Germany: a cross sectional study.


Just J M, Schwerbrock F, Bleckwenn M, Schnakenberg R, Weckbecker K
BMJ Open. 2019 Apr 03; 9(4):e026871.
PMID: 30948609.


The DSM-5 diagnosis 'opioid use disorder' (OUD) was established to better describe and detect significant impairment or distress related to opioid use. There is no data on rates of OUD in chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP) in European countries. Therefore, our objective was to screen patients in specialised pain centres for signs of OUD.