Should opioids be used for chronic non-cancer pain?

Dilip Kapur, Phillip B Cornish, Carol A Snellgrove and David A Cherry
Med J Aust 2011; 195 (9): . || doi: 10.5694/mja11.11127
Published online: 7 November 2011

To the Editor: We write in response to the letter by Awerbuch1 and agree with many of his points. He has raised an interesting issue regarding the assertion that chronic pain is itself a disease,2 suggesting it would then logically follow that the patient becomes the final arbiter of whether he or she has the “disease” and hence which treatment may or may not be appropriate.

  • Dilip Kapur
  • Phillip B Cornish
  • Carol A Snellgrove
  • David A Cherry

  • Pain Management Unit, Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide, SA.

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