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Analysing the variation in practice between general practitioners according to their prescribing behaviour of opioids in the Netherlands

Weghorst, M.S.H. (2020) Analysing the variation in practice between general practitioners according to their prescribing behaviour of opioids in the Netherlands.

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Abstract:Millions of people worldwide are suffering from pain and opioids are prescribed for this problem more and more often. Opioid use in chronic pain treatment is complex, as patients may derive both benefit and harm. Opioids were previously used during and after surgeries and for pain relief for patients with cancer. However, in recent years opioids also have been prescribed to patients with pain that is not related to surgery pain or cancer pain. This has led to an increase in the prescription of opioids such as oxycodone, morphine and fentanyl. The overuse of opioids and the associated consequences, such as addiction, can lead to large healthcare expenditures. Due to differences in socioeconomic status, the opioid use and prescribing patterns of general practitioners varies between municipalities in the Netherlands.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:TNW: Science and Technology
Programme:Health Sciences MSc (66851)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/81448
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