PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHIES: Long-term opioid therapy in neuropathy: benefit or harm?
A retrospective population-based cohort study has shown that outcomes were worse for patients with neuropathic pain who received long-term opioid treatment than for those who received short-term opioid treatment. The finding highlights a need for improved pain education for non-specialists and for more-effective therapies.
Refers to Hoffman, E. M. et al. Association of long-term opioid therapy with functional status, adverse outcomes, and mortality among patients with polyneuropathy. JAMA Neurol.http://dx.doi.org/10.1001/jamaneurol.2017.0486 (2017)