Home > Study Shows Pain Program Helpful In Kicking Opioids

Study Shows Pain Program Helpful In Kicking Opioids


According to UPI, a pain program may help surgery patients taper off opioids. Prescription opioids are the best option available for acute chronic and cancer-related pain. But these pharmacological treatments ca often lead to addiction. Health Quality Ontario and the Canadian Pain Society have released guidelines for pain management. These suggest that opioids should not be considered the first line of defense in non-cancer pain. Almost half of patients who did not take opioids before surgery weaned off opioids. And 25% who took the drugs before surgery were able to get off them completely. The patients used the program at the Toronto General Hospital and University Health Network. The results of the study were published Monday in the Canadian Journal of Pain. "The assumption is that all patients after surgery are fine with their opioid use, but we have found that in a high-risk segment of patients, that is not the case. We need better ways of identifying these patients, and then helping those who are having difficulty in reducing or eliminating their opioid use... there is a powerful role for interventions other than opioids in helping patients manage their pain and suffering, taper their opioids and lead rich, meaningful lives. Our program is a good blueprint that we can use not only for surgical patients, but for anyone else dealing with an opioid addiction." Dr. Hance Clarke

Added on the 20/08/2018 11:42:45 - Copyright : Wochit

To customise your video :

Or Create an account

More videos on the subject

  • VA Publishes Study About Opioids and Chronic Pain

    According to a study by the Veterans Administration, the long-term use of opioids has no major difference for patients dealing with chronic pain. Researchers based their findings after examining the electronic health records of 600 patients with chronic pain and opioid prescriptions. The researchers found that pain intensity fluctuated over time for patients on opioids. However, they also found that discontinuing opioid treatment had no affect on the pain experienced by patients. The researchers added that their study provides empirical evidence that pain intensity remains unchanged after long-term opioid therapy.

    12/04/2018 - Wochit
  • Study Shows Ibuprofen Better Than Morphine For Kids After Surgery

    A recent study found ibuprofen is a better option than oral morphine for pain relief in children who have had minor orthopedic surgery. The study, published on Tuesday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found the two drugs had similar efficacy for pain but ibuprofen had fewer adverse effects than morphine. Researchers conducted a clinical trial with 154 children age 5 to 17 who underwent minor outpatient orthopedic surgery, including keyhole surgery on ligaments, joints and tendon repair, suture or hardware removal, at London Health Sciences Center in Ontario, Canada.

    10/10/2017 - Wochit
  • Opioid Prescriptions Have Tripled Since 1999

    Doctors are cutting back on opioid prescriptions but not by nearly enough, federal health officials said Thursday. The number of prescriptions for painkillers has tripled since 1999, driving the opioid addiction and an overdose epidemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. This means doctors have to cut back even more, saving opioids for acute pain — after surgery or for people with incurable cancer and other terminal conditions, for instance. Arthritis, back pain and other long-term conditions should be treated with other methods, CDC Director Dr. Anne Schuchat said.

    06/07/2017 - Wochit
  • Survey Shows High Opioid Use

    More than one in five people insured by Blue Cross and Blue Shield were prescribed an opioid painkiller at least once in 2015, the insurance company reported Thursday. And claims for opioid addiction and dependence spiked nearly six-fold between 2010 and 2016, the company said. The report, which covers 30 million people with Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurance in 2015, supports what experts have been saying: much, if not most, of the opioid overdose epidemic is being driven by medical professionals who are prescribing the drugs too freely.

    29/06/2017 - Wochit
  • Study Shows Benefits of Michigan Medicaid Expansion

    According to a recent study, low-income residents enrolled in the state of Michigan's expanded Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act are seeing benefits at work and with their personal health. The study from the University of Michigan says that 69 percent of the approximately 4,100 Michigan Medicaid recipients surveyed this year who had jobs prior to enrollment, are doing better at work after joining the Healthy Michigan Plan, the state's Medicaid expansion plan under the ACA. The study also showed that nearly half of the residents reported improvements in their physical health in the first year of coverage, with 40 percent adding that their mental and dental health improved as well.

    27/06/2017 - Wochit
  • Cyclone Fani : des dizaines de morts et de nombreux dégâts matériels

    Cyclone Fani : des dizaines de morts et de nombreux dégâts matériels

    05/05/2019 - LCI