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Journal Article
Study

Assessing reasons for decreased primary care access for individuals on prescribed opioids: an audit study.

Lagisetty P, Macleod C, Thomas J, et al. Pain. 2020;Epub Nov 11.

Inappropriate prescribing of opioids is a major contributor to the ongoing opioid epidemic. This study involved simulated patients with chronic opioid use who called primary care clinics in need of a new provider because their previous physician had retired or stopped prescribing opioids. Findings indicate that primary care providers were generally unwilling to prescribe opioids to patients whose histories are suggestive of misuse, which may raise access to care concerns and cause potential unintended harm for some patients.