Education, Patient-Focused Approach to Treating Chronic Pain Are Keys to Preventing Opioid Abuse, Say Experts, Patients
The health care professionals overwhelmingly agreed that education will play a critical role in combating the nation's prescription drug problem and strongly urged that chronic pain remain a top priority. "I believe that education is at the heart of this issue, and there needs to be mandatory education at the federal level. All opioid prescribers need to be educated (primary care, other specialists) about appropriate prescribing and learn the expected outcomes that allow continued prescribing," said
Patients also stressed the importance of educating health care providers, legislators, news media and the general public on the distinctions between chronic pain and drug abuse. "We need to bust some myths about abuse and people with pain. People with chronic pain take medication to relieve the pain. People with addiction often move from medication to medication or use illegal medications because they have a craving they need to satisfy. That's a very different group of people and that message isn't out there," said
An online survey of 202 U.S. adults who currently experience chronic pain conducted in
The survey also revealed the need for better education, with the vast majority of patients citing an array of resources, including health care providers (76 percent), helpful for learning more about chronic pain and available treatment options. Further, better education could help patients navigate the challenges some face in securing access to treatment.
- Over one-quarter of people living with chronic pain are not satisfied with the information their doctor has provided about available chronic pain treatment options (28 percent).
- Twenty-eight percent of patients currently using a prescription opioid pain medication have had trouble getting their prescription filled.
"The voices of people living with severe chronic pain have been noticeably absent from most public conversations about prescription pain medications, and we are actively working with all stakeholders to ensure a balanced, constructive dialogue moving forward," said
About the Survey
This survey was conducted online within
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