Pain Management

Prescription Opioid Use Linked to Increased Satisfaction for Some Patients

Prescription Opioid Use Linked to Increased Satisfaction for Some Patients

Researchers sought to assess whether prescription opioid use is associated with satisfaction with care.

More Opioid Prescriptions Seen in Those With Lower Socioeconomic Indicators

More Opioid Prescriptions Seen in Those With Lower Socioeconomic Indicators

County-level socioeconomic factors are associated with opioid prescriptions among disabled Medicare beneficiaries.

Slow-Release Oral Morphine May Be Valuable for the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorders

Slow-Release Oral Morphine May Be Valuable for the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorders

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Data suggest that slow-release oral morphine may be a promising candidate for oral opioid agonist therapy.

Pain Management in Primary Care: An FNP's Perspective

Pain Management in Primary Care: An FNP's Perspective

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Clinicians should talk to patients about why they are taking pain medication, how long they have been taking it, and how they feel about being prescribed opioids.

Urine Drug Testing Policy Can Help Clinicians Make Decisions About Opioid Treatment

Urine Drug Testing Policy Can Help Clinicians Make Decisions About Opioid Treatment

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Clinicians should use immunoassay screens and urine drug tests to determine compliance with chronic opioid therapy.

Behavior of Opioid Prescribing: Admitting What We Don't Know

Behavior of Opioid Prescribing: Admitting What We Don't Know

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Opioid prescriptions should be tailored based on risk factors that correlate with future addiction rates and the pertinent outcome markers, but this information is still lacking.

Evidence-Based Guidelines Reduce Opioid Prescribing

Evidence-Based Guidelines Reduce Opioid Prescribing

Implementation of evidence-based guidelines can reduce opioid prescribing after laparoscopic cholecystectomy.

Guidelines Released for Chronic Pain Management in Patients With HIV

Guidelines Released for Chronic Pain Management in Patients With HIV

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The HIV Medicine Association of the Infectious Diseases Society of America has released new guidelines chronic pain management in patients with HIV.

FDA: Once-Monthly Injection Approved for Opioid Use Disorder

FDA: Once-Monthly Injection Approved for Opioid Use Disorder

Buprenorphine has been shown to reduce opioid withdrawal symptoms and the desire to use opioids.

State-Level Declarations of Opioid Emergency Raise Public Awareness of Addiction

State-Level Declarations of Opioid Emergency Raise Public Awareness of Addiction

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With opioid-related mortality rates on the rise, most states have enacted specific policies aimed at reducing prescriptions for these medications.

Acupuncture Reduces Pain Intensity in Idiopathic Trigeminal Neuralgia

Acupuncture Reduces Pain Intensity in Idiopathic Trigeminal Neuralgia

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Neuropathic pain showed benefit from acupuncture through a reduction in shock-like pain and in intensity.

FDA Permits Marketing of Device to Reduce Symptoms of Opioid Withdrawal

FDA Permits Marketing of Device to Reduce Symptoms of Opioid Withdrawal

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The FDA has approved a device designed to provide relief from opioid withdrawal symptoms when placed behind the ear.

Addiction Policy Expert From Obama Administration Addresses the Opioid Epidemic

Addiction Policy Expert From Obama Administration Addresses the Opioid Epidemic

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Keith Humphreys, PhD, who served as senior policy advisor at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy in the Obama Administration, shared his views on the opioid epidemic.

Clinicians May be Overprescribing Gabapentinoids for Pain

Clinicians May be Overprescribing Gabapentinoids for Pain

Clinicians may be overprescribing gabapentiboids in part as a response to the opioid epidemic.

Satisfaction Influenced by Patient Perception of Provider Concerns

Satisfaction Influenced by Patient Perception of Provider Concerns

Findings were from private practice pain management clinics for opioid patients.

Chronic Widespread Pain Improved with Vitamin D Replacement

Chronic Widespread Pain Improved with Vitamin D Replacement

Improvements were seen in patients with chronic widespread musculoskeletal pain and vitamin D deficiency.

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