Researchers study how doctors respond to opioid uncertainty

10/23/2013 | Science World Report

Conversations between primary care doctors and chronic pain patients showed three physician response patterns related to uncertainty in prescribing opioid drugs: reassurance, avoidance and the gathering of more information, according to a study in Patient Education and Counseling. "Our study provides a window into how uncertainty about potential addiction and misuse of opioid is managed through patient-physician communication," lead author Marianne Matthias said.

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