Presenter(s): Kevin E. Vowles, PhD, University of New Mexico
Target audience: Providers and researchers who work within settings where opioid prescriptions for the treatment of chronic pain are common.
About the webinar: Opioid use in chronic pain treatment is complex, as patients may derive both benefit and harm. The identification of individuals currently using opioids in a problematic way is important given the substantial recent increases in prescription rates and consequent increases in morbidity and mortality. The present review provides updated and expanded information with regard to rates of problematic opioid use in chronic. Because previous reviews have indicated substantial variability in this literature, several steps were taken to enhance precision and utility. While significant variability remains in this literature, this review provides guidance with regard to possible average rates of opioid misuse and addiction and also highlights areas in need of further clarification.
- Define opioid misuse, abuse, and addiction and understand the different patterns of behavior associated with each.
- State the key deficiencies at present in the opioid use literature as it relates to chronic pain.
- Identify the range of possible rates of opioid misuse and addiction in chronic pain, while also acknowledging the caveats with these estimates given the current state of the scientific literature.
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