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2020 Jul/Aug

J Addict Med



Common and Challenging Behaviors Among Individuals on Long-term Opioid Therapy.


Young SR, Azari S, Becker WC, Edelman JE, Liebschutz JM, Roy P, Starrels JL, Merlin JS
J Addict Med. 2020 Jul/Aug; 14(4):305-310.
PMID: 31855919.


Long-term opioid therapy (LTOT) is commonly prescribed for chronic pain, despite risks such as opioid use disorder (OUD) and overdose. Caring for patients on LTOT can be difficult, given lack of evidence about assessment of challenging behaviors among patients on LTOT. To develop this evidence, a critical first step is to systematically identify the common and challenging behaviors that primary care providers encounter among patients on LTOT, and also to highlight to diverse range of behaviors encountered.