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Medical residents' beliefs and concerns about using opioids to treat chronic cancer and noncancer pain: A pilot study

Craig S. Roth, MD, et al.

Chronic pain from conditions such as arthritis or nerve injuries may be disabling and poorly controlled with aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol), or ibuprofen (Advil). In selected cases, opioid analgesics (e.g., morphine), combined with other treatments, can safely and more effectively relieve pain and improve function. We surveyed less experienced doctors and found that they had many fears, concerns, and negative beliefs toward using opioids to treat noncancer pain such as low back pain. If other doctors share these feelings, finding ways to increase their comfort by identifying and treating patients who might safely benefit from opioids to reduce their suffering and disability is important.


Volume 44 Number 2 2007
Pages 263 — 270


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