Chronic Pain and Emotional Distress: Bad Combination for Opioid Therapy?

A review in General Hospital Psychiatry concludes that the availability of psychiatric care for emotionally distressed people with chronic pain is deficient in the US, and that these patients are likely to be treated with long-term opioid therapy despite a lack of evidence for effectiveness. Review authors emphasize the importance of a more integrated approach to managing these patients. Read a news report about the findings here.

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