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2022 Apr 29

J Clin Med



Self-Reported Practices and Emotions in Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Noncancer Pain: A Cross-Sectional Study of German Physicians.


Schulte E, Petzke F, Spies C, Denke C, Schäfer M, Donner-Banzhoff N, Hertwig R, Wegwarth O
J Clin Med. 2022 Apr 29; 11(9).
PMID: 35566644.


The pressure on physicians when a patient seeks pain relief and their own desire to be self-effective may lead to the prescription of strong opioids for chronic noncancer pain (CNCP). This study, via physician self-reporting, aims to identify and measure (i) physician adherence to national opioid prescribing guidelines and (ii) physician emotions when a patient seeks a dosage increase of the opioid.