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2020 Apr 01

Pain Med



Does Integrative Medicine Reduce Prescribed Opioid Use for Chronic Pain? A Systematic Literature Review.


Hassan S, Zheng Q, Rizzolo E, Tezcanli E, Bhardwaj S, Cooley K
Pain Med. 2020 Apr 01; 21(4):836-859.
PMID: 31755962.


Chronic pain (CP) is a major public health problem. Many patients with CP are increasingly prescribed opioids, which has led to an opioid crisis. Integrative medicine (IM), which combines pharmacological and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), has been proposed as an opioid alternative for CP treatment. Nevertheless, the role of CAM therapies in reducing opioid use remains unclear.