Monitoring & support help patients and primary care physicians dealing with chronic pain

(Brigham and Women’s Hospital) New research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) published in Pain Medicine (Vol.17 (1), February, 2016) found that through monthly monitoring and support from pain specialists, PCP confidence in prescribing opioids for pain was raised, the rate of identifying patients at risk for misuse of opioids was improved, and PCPs were more likely to feel satisfied about their communications with pain specialists. The patients reported greater compliance with their opioid medications.

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