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2020 Feb 06

Acad Emerg Med

The characteristics and effectiveness of interventions for frequent emergency department utilizing patients with chronic non-cancer pain: A systematic review.


Wong CK, O'Rielly CM, Teitge BD, Sutherland LR, Farquharson S, Ghosh M, Robertson H L, Lang E
Acad Emerg Med. 2020 Feb 06.
PMID: 32030836.


Patients with chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP) present unique challenges to emergency department (ED) care providers and administrators. Their conditions lead to frequent ED visits for pain relief and symptom management and are often poorly addressed with costly, low-yield care. A systematic review has not been performed to inform the management of frequent ED utilizing patients with CNCP. Therefore, we synthesized the available evidence on interventional strategies to improve care-associated outcomes for this patient group.