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Human Studies

2021 Feb 15

Drug Alcohol Depend


Perceived social support in patients with chronic pain with and without opioid use disorder and role of medication for opioid use disorder.


Benville JR, Compton P, Giordano NA, Cheatle MD
Drug Alcohol Depend. 2021 Feb 15; 221:108619.
PMID: 33667781.


A significant predictor of treatment outcomes for patients with chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP) and opioid use disorder (OUD) is the degree and quality of social support they receive. Specifically, in patients with CNCP and on long-term opioid therapy, the development of OUD tends to be associated with losses in social support, while engagement in treatment for OUD improves support networks. Delivery of the evidence-based OUD treatment medications, methadone and buprenorphine, occurs in clinical environments which patently differ with respect to social support resources. The aims of this study were to describe perceived social support in patients with CNCP without OUD (no-OUD), with OUD and on buprenorphine (OUD-BP), and with OUD and on methadone (OUD-methadone).