Access to Primary Care Clinics for Patients With Chronic Pain Receiving Opioids (in Michigan)

By Pooja A. Lagisetty, MD; Nathaniel Healy; Claire Garpestad; et al: For More Info, Go Here…

Question How likely are primary care practitioners to accept new patients taking prescription opioids for pain management, and does this differ based on insurance type?

Findings  In this survey study of Michigan primary care clinics, 79 clinics contacted (40.7%) stated that their practitioners would not accept new patients receiving opioid therapy for pain. There was no difference based on insurance type.

Meaning  The findings suggest that access to primary care may be reduced for patients taking prescription opioids, which could lead to unintended consequences, such as conversion to illicit substances or poor management of other mental and physical comorbidities.

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