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Human Studies

2021 May 18

JMIR Form Res



mHealth Interventions to Support Prescription Opioid Tapering in Patients With Chronic Pain: Qualitative Study of Patients’ Perspectives.


Magee M R, McNeilage A G, Avery N, Glare P, Ashton-James C E
JMIR Form Res. 2021 May 18; 5(5):e25969.
PMID: 34003133.


Patients with chronic pain who are tapering prescription opioids report a need for greater support for coping with symptoms of pain and withdrawal. Mobile health (mHealth) technologies (SMS text messaging- or app-based) have the potential to provide patients with educational, emotional, and motivational support for opioid tapering beyond what is offered by their health care provider. However, it is not known whether patients with chronic pain who are tapering opioids would be willing or able to engage with technology-based support.