Study compares self-reporting of analgesic use against toxicology tests

02/12/2014 | MedWire News (U.K.)

A study found discrepancies between self-reports on use of analgesic medication and toxicology test results for 43% of pain clinic patients, compared with 24% of a control group of patients who had pain and were awaiting surgery, researchers reported in the journal Pain Physician. In 19% of pain clinic patients, the study found under-reporting of non-opioid analgesics, compared with 12% of the control group, while 7% of pain patients under-reported psychotropic drug use, compared with 8% of controls.

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