Opioid Analgesics

Principal Investigator:

Dr John Bedson, Prof Kelvin Jordan

Funder name / reference number: NIHR School for Primary Care
UKCRN Study portfolio: ISSN: 0304-3959
Year 2002-2013

Study design

An observational database study.  Long term opioids may benefit patients with chronic pain but have also been linked to an elevated risk of adverse events in primary care. 

Primary objective

The objective is to examine the changes in the incidence, length and opioid potency of long-term prescribing for musculoskeletal conditions. and identify the characteristics of patients at greater risk at thee adverse events. Opioids were divided into short and long acting non-controlled drugs for study.


Opioid Analgesics