Leavitt Partners September 21, 2022

Nonadherence to a prescribed medication regimen for patients with chronic pain is associated with overall lower health outcomes, including increased hospital admissions, costs, and morbidity (quantitative review here). Deviations in timing, dosage, frequency, or duration of medication—all components of noncompliance—can cause medical reactions, increased pain, and medication use disorders, and can ultimately lead to emergency care (article here). These negative health outcomes can increase, rather than decrease, chronic pain, hampering the ability of practitioners to effectively treat their patients and costing the healthcare industry as much as 10 percent of its total healthcare costs (article here). This lack of progress (and regression, in some cases) can be discouraging both to the patient, who wants pain relief, and also to providers themselves, who fail...

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