Mental health and opioid addiction comorbidities among chronic pain patients


The National Institute for Drug Abuse Report, Common Comorbidities with Substance Use Disorders, states there are many individuals who develop substance use disorders (SUD) are also diagnosed with mental disorders, and vice versa.(1) Prescription opioids are amongst the most commonly used drugs that lead to illicit drug use.(2)Much of the data about the starting point of the prescription opioid addiction is in the patient health history and is recorded within the provider electronic health record and administrative systems.Description: There are a variety of addiction and misuse risk screening tools available and selecting appropriate tools screening can be confusing for providers. Examples of common screening tools: Opioid Abuse Risk Screener (OARS), Opioid Risk Tool (ORT), Screener and Opioid Assessment for Patients with Pain (SOAPP), Current Opioid Misuse Measure (COMM), Diagnosis, Intractability, Risk, and Efficacy (DIRE). These opioid risk screening tools are interview based and vary in how they survey for psychosocial factors. The screening tools are useful, but are meant only to alert the provider to conduct further investigation.(3) Understanding how the comorbidities recorded in the patient's clinical interactions may help improve risk assessment investigations and ongoing monitoring programs. Studying the chronic pain patients' longitudinal clinical, operational, and laboratory records provides the basis for better study controls than those using population based on emergency department admission and mortality events.

Objective: Assessing mental health and opioid addiction comorbidities among chronic pain patients using a large longitudinal clinical, operational, and laboratory data set.

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January, 2019

June 18, 2019

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