Role of Primary Care-Mental Health Integration in Chronic Pain Management

Patients with psychiatric comorbidities and chronic pain frequently represent a significant challenge as they may pose an increased risk of adverse events related to opiate therapy, have a higher rate of no-show and clinic cancellations to specialty services, and may use medications in a way not intended by the prescriber. Embedding mental health services in primary care can improve both patient and provider satisfaction with pain treatment with improved outcomes.

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