Perspective: Docs Feel Pressure to Give Addicts Opioids

“A push to treat chronic pain and financial disincentives for treating addiction may pressure clinicians into prescribing opioids for patients who are already addicted, a researcher suggested.

Over the past decade, there’s been a perfect storm of changing clinician attitudes toward pain treatment and patient attitudes towards suffering, combined with a lack of compensation for time-consuming clinic visits such as addiction counseling, Anna Lembke, MD, of Stanford University, wrote in a perspective in the New England Journal of Medicine.”

http://www.medpagetoday.com/Psychiatry/Addictions/35539

The full perspective can be accessed at: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1208498

Source: MedPageToday.com – October 24, 2012

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