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2020 Feb

Br J Gen Pract



Evaluation of a primary care-based opioid and pain review service: a mixed-methods evaluation in two GP practices in England.


Scott LJ, Kesten JM, Bache K, Hickman M, Campbell R, Pickering AE, Redwood S, Thomas K
Br J Gen Pract. 2020 Feb; 70(691):e111-e119.
PMID: 31791939.


Opioid prescribing to treat chronic non-cancer pain has rapidly increased, despite a lack of evidence for long-term safety and effectiveness. A pain review service was developed to work with patients taking opioids long-term to explore opioid use, encourage non-drug-based alternatives, and, where appropriate, support dose reduction.