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Human Studies

2020 Sep 06

BMJ Open



Experiencing the risk of overutilising opioids among patients with chronic non-cancer pain in ambulatory care (ERONA): the protocol of an exploratory, randomised controlled trial.


Wegwarth O, Spies C, Schulte E, Meerpohl JJ, Schmucker C, Nury E, Brockmann D, Donner-Banzhoff N, Wind S, Goebel E, Ludwig W-D, Hertwig R
BMJ Open. 2020 Sep 06; 10(9):e037642.
PMID: 32895283.


The US opioid crisis and increasing prescription rates in Europe suggest inappropriate risk perceptions and behaviours of people who prescribe, take or advise on opioids: physicians, patients and pharmacists. Findings from cognitive and decision science in areas other than drug safety suggest that people's risk perception and behaviour can differ depending on whether they learnt about a risk through personal experience or description. xperiencing the isk of overutilising pioids among patients with chronic on-cancer pain in mbulatory care (ERONA) is the first-ever conducted trial that aims at investigating the effects of these two modes of learning on individuals' risk perception and behaviour in the long-term administration of WHO-III opioids in chronic non-cancer pain.