Adverse selection? A multi-dimensional profile of people dispensed opioid analgesics for persistent non-cancer pain

K.D. Rogers, Anna Kemp, A.J. Mclachlan, F. Blyth

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Abstract

Objectives: This study investigates utilisation patterns for prescription opioid analgesics in the Australian community and how these are associated with a framework of individual-level factors related to healthcare use. Methods: Self-reported demographic and health information from participants in the 45 and Up Study cohort were linked to pharmaceutical claims from 2006-2009. Participants comprised 19,816 people with ≥1 opioid analgesic dispensing in the 12-months after recruitment to the cohort and 79,882 people not dispensed opioid analgesics. All participants were aged ≥45 years, were social security pharmaceutical beneficiaries, with no history of cancer. People dispensed opioid analgesics were classified as having acute (dispensing period
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13pp
JournalPLoS One
Volume8
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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