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Papers: 17 Dec 2022 - 23 Dec 2022


Clin Epidemiol


Cohort Description: Preventing an Opioid Epidemic in Norway – Focusing on Treatment of Chronic Pain (POINT) – A National Registry-Based Study.


Hamina A, Odsbu I, Borchgrevink P C, Chen L-C, Clausen T, Espnes K A, Gjesdal K, Handal M, Hartikainen S, Hjellvik V, Holter M T S, Høibø T, Kurita G P, Langaas H C, Lid T G, Nøst T H, Sjøgren P, Skurtveit S
Clin Epidemiol. 2022; 14:1477-1486.
PMID: 36523790.


The POINT project aims to provide evidence to optimise chronic pain management, prevent adverse consequences of opioids, and improve chronic pain patients' pain relief, functional capacity, and quality of life. We describe the outline of the project and its work packages. More specifically, we describe a cohort of persons with chronic pain and a cohort of long-term opioid users identified from a national registry linkage.