|Funder name / reference number:||NIHR School for Primary Care|
|UKCRN Study portfolio:||ISSN: 0304-3959|
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.
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.