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Human Studies

2019 Aug 02

BMJ Open



A protocol for a discrete choice experiment: understanding patient medicine preferences for managing chronic non-cancer pain.


Shanahan M, Larance B, Nielsen S, Cohen M, Schaffer M, Campbell G
BMJ Open. 2019 Aug 02; 9(8):e027153.
PMID: 31377695.


High rates of chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP), concerns about adverse effects including dependence among those prescribed potent pain medicines, the recent evidence supporting active rather than passive management strategies and a lack of funding for holistic programme have resulted in challenges around decision making for treatment among clinicians and their patients. Discrete choice experiments (DCEs) are one way of assessing and valuing treatment preferences. Here, we outline a protocol for a study that assesses patient preferences for CNCP treatment.