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Opioids have been found to reduce pain intensity and improve physical functioning for patients with persistent noncancer pain. It’s important to note that a decrease in mental health functioning was also seen.

Papleontiou, Maria, Charles R Henderson, Barbara J Turner, Alison A Moore, Yelena Olkhovskaya, Leslie Amanfo, and M Carrington Reid. Outcomes Associated with Opioid Use in the Treatmetn of Chronic Noncacner Pain in Older Adults: A systematic reveiw and meta-analysis. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2010; 58(7): 1353-69. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1532-5415.2010.02920.x/abstract

Reference

Title
Outcomes Associated with Opioid Use in the Treatmetn of Chronic Noncacner Pain in Older Adults: A systematic reveiw and meta-analysis
Publication
J Am Geriatr Soc
Publication Date
2010
Authors
Papleontiou, Maria, Charles R Henderson, Barbara J Turner, Alison A Moore, Yelena Olkhovskaya, Leslie Amanfo, and M Carrington Reid
Volume & Issue
Volume 58, Issue 7
Pages
1353-69
URL
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