The opioid epidemic has been widely discussed, but little research has examined how misdiagnosis can contribute to the problem. This newsletter article suggests that addressing bias, improving diagnosis, and providing pain management training for primary care providers could augment opioid safety.
Forstag EH; Committee on Pain Management and Regulatory Strategies to Address Prescription Opioid Abuse; Health and Medicine Division. Washington, DC: National Academy of Science; 2016. ISBN: 9780309451901.