The Pros and Cons of Long-Term Opioid Treatment of Chronic Nonmalignant Pain  |  July 26, 2014

“Long-term opioid treatment of chronic nonmalignant pain: unproven efficacy and neglected safety?” The title of this article really says it all. The authors performed a well-designed meta-analysis of all available literature over the past 30 years relating to efficacy of this drug class for time periods greater than 3 or 6 months. Of the more…

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A Little Time Can Equal a Lot of Care  |  July 17, 2014

The article “Advancing Telecare for Pain Treatment in Primary Care” provides an excellent example of how engaging the patient can provide tremendous returns related to patient health outcome and improved economics related to opioid prescribing.  For less than 5 hours per year, clinical outreach protocols addressing the various comorbidities associated with opioid prescribing yielded some very promising…

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