Published by Neurology Advisor
Teaching coping skills may help reduce the risk that patients with chronic pain will become addicted to opioids, according to research published in the Canadian Journal of Pain.
The study included 343 patients who developed chronic pain after major surgery. Many also had major depression and were taking high doses of opioids. The patients enrolled in a long-term pain management program at Toronto General Hospital. Those who were willing to taper off their opioids were referred to a clinical psychologist.