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Pain Med. 2003 Jun;4(2):182-5.

Treating pain patients at risk: evaluation of a screening tool in opioid-treated pain patients with and without addiction.

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Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.


Patients receiving opioid treatment for chronic pain, many of whom were hospitalized with medical complications of substance abuse, were asked to complete a screening questionnaire to help validate a simple self-administered survey. Questions relating to tobacco abuse and prior treatment for drug and alcohol abuse distinguished patients with addiction and pain from opioid-treated chronic pain patients.

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