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Sunday, 13 January 2013

Pain-Topics.org News/Research UPDATES: What Do Specialists Prescribe for Pain?

In a recent study limited primarily to patient with cancer, neuropathic, and fibromyalgia pain syndromes, "72% [of pain medicine specialists in the United States] ask patients to sign a treatment agreement when prescribing opioids; however, only 35% ask patients with alcohol or drug abuse to sign one, while 45% may not use an opioid agreement/contract initially but do so if treatment becomes long-term. A majority, 70%, require a treatment agreement if patients demonstrate aberrant drug-using behaviors (eg, lost prescriptions, frequently running out of medication)" 

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