Clinical Indications Associated with Opioid Initiation for Pain Management

A population-based cohort study

Opioids are prescribed for a range of acute and chronic pain conditions, including arthritis, back pain, post-surgical pain and dental pain. In order to inform strategies around ways to reduce potentially inappropriate and high-dose prescriptions, it’s important to understand the clinical reasons for why people are prescribed an opioid and how this may vary by medical condition.

This study looks at the type of clinical indications that lead individuals to start opioids for pain management, as well as the characteristics of both patients and the initial prescription.


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