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January 27, 2023

Pain Med


Long-term opioid therapy and mental health comorbidity in chronic pain patients.


Vogt S, Pfau G, Vielhaber S, Haghikia A, Hachenberg T, Brinkers M
Pain Med. 2023 Jan 20.
PMID: 36661333.


Evidence suggests that chronic pain patients with mental illness are more likely to receive long-term opioid treatment (LTOT) and at higher doses, but are also at increased risk for opioid-related harm. This study investigates LTOT and its relationship to mental illness in the setting of a university-based outpatient pain clinic with liaison psychiatric care.