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2019 Mar/Apr

J Opioid Manag



Discussions between patients with chronic pain and their primary care provider about opioids and pain relief during routine clinic encounters.


Massey M, van den Berk Clark C, Fowler J, Scherrer JF
J Opioid Manag. 2019 Mar/Apr; 15(2):137-146.
PMID: 31343715.


Existing studies indicate low levels of trust and shared decision making exist in the process of prescribing opioids for noncancer pain. Patient-provider communication has not been compared between patients receiving non-opioid pain medication, and those receiving opioids. This pilot study evaluated communication about pain management between patients with noncancer pain and their provider.