Study Finds Chronic Pain Often Improves in Older Veterans, but Less Likely with Opioid Therapy

Study Finds Chronic Pain Often Improves in Older Veterans, but Less Likely with Opioid Therapy
APSlogoResearch published in The American Pain Society's Journal of Pain reports that while older military veterans frequently experience improvements in pain intensity over time, use of opioids for pain management, certain mental health conditions, and some pain-related diagnoses were associated with a lower likelihood of improvement. The article, "Predictors of Improvements in Pain Intensity in a National Cohort of Older Veterans With Chronic Pain," notes that the aging veterans are at especially high risk for persistent chronic pain, although little is known regarding the underlying factors associated with positive and negative outcomes over time. Older adults also have the highest prevalence of long-term use of pain medication, including prescription opioids. OHSUlogoIn this observational study, investigators at the VA Center to Improve Veterans Involvement in Care and Oregon Health & Science University sought to identify clinical and demographic factors associated with pain intensity symptom improvements in a national
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