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Study:  Readmission Within the First Day of Discharge Is Painful: Experience From an Australian General Surgical Service

Interesting study, on readmission to hospital within one day of discharge from a general surgical service, in Australia.  And the most common reason for readmission? Pain. Could it be that all those anti-opioid zealots who are ‘minimising’ opioids use, which in reality often means denying… Read More »Study:  Readmission Within the First Day of Discharge Is Painful: Experience From an Australian General Surgical Service

Study:  Patterns of opioid dispensing and associated wage replacement duration in workers with accepted claims for low back pain: a retrospective cohort study

written by Psychosomatic Addict Research study by Monash University – https://journals.lww.com/pain/Abstract/2022/08000/Patterns_of_opioid_dispensing_and_associated_wage.13.aspx The write up of the study on the Monash University website: https://www.monash.edu/medicine/news/latest/2022-articles/opioid-prescription-patterns-in-injured-workers It has been a while since I’ve had the pleasure of writing up a scientific study on chronic pain. Not because I… Read More »Study:  Patterns of opioid dispensing and associated wage replacement duration in workers with accepted claims for low back pain: a retrospective cohort study

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Why are people who live with severe, daily chronic pain not included in the conversation around pain management?

The title says it all. Why are those people who are living with daily, severe pain excluded from the conversation around pain management?  Why are we treated as problems with no solution, difficult, unpleasant and something to be swept under the rug?   With “patient centred… Read More »Why are people who live with severe, daily chronic pain not included in the conversation around pain management?

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Study: Opioid tapering in chronic pain patients is associated with increased overdose and mental health crisis extending for up to two years

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/06/220613124547.htm Date: June 13, 2022 Source: University of California – Davis Health Researchers have found that tapering chronic pain patients off their opioid pain medications may be far more dangerous than continuing opioid therapy.   This runs counter to the current regulatory environment in Australia that… Read More »Study: Opioid tapering in chronic pain patients is associated with increased overdose and mental health crisis extending for up to two years

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Study: Initial opioid prescription patterns and the risk of ongoing use and adverse outcomes

Published March 2021 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33300138/ This is a very large study with 2,021,371 participants. It looked at patients who were prescribed an opioid for pain and examined how many people continued to take them long-term (addiction) (3.17%) and how many experienced an opioid overdose (0.055%). It’s… Read More »Study: Initial opioid prescription patterns and the risk of ongoing use and adverse outcomes