Communication plays an important role in avoiding unintentional misuse
Lack of communication and miscommunication may leave patients unsure of how to take their medication properly
According to a survey of patients currently taking an opioid medication for chronic pain, communication between physicians and patients about administration issues is limited or nonexistent1
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As you know, opioids are not appropriate for all patients. But for those who are ideal candidates, education and practice of safe and proper use is essential for treatment success.
1. Pergolizzi JV Jr, Taylor R Jr, Nalamachu S, et al. Challenges of treating patients with chronic pain with dysphagia (CPD): physician and patient perspectives. Curr Med Res Opin. 2014;30(2):191-202.