Posted by:4 March, 2013
Research carried out by Nuffield Health found a third of people using pain medication on a long-term basis were concerned they needed the pills to function normally. And the study discovered 37% felt they would not be able to carry on working without taking painkillers.
The study involved a poll of 3,100 people and found that 1,659 - more than 53% - had been taking painkillers to manage pain or injury over the previous 12 months. Of these people, 14% said they had taken more than the recommended safe dose.
What information should patients taking long-term painkillers receive from health professionals?
Is it safe for patients to take long term pain killers?
Are patients missing out on more effective interventions to treat their pain?
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