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This study will determine pain and opioid outcomes 3 & 6 months after an emergency department visit for acute pain. This is an observational study. Patients are enrolled during an ED visit and followed by telephone 3 & 6 months later. Opioid databases will also be reviewed.
Subsequent opioid prescription [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
All participants in this study received an opioid prescription at the time of discharge from the emergency department. Using a review of a prescription monitoring database, this study will determine whether participants received a subsequent prescription for an opioid medication.
Chronic pain in the affected body part [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
An affirmative response to the following question: its been about 180 days since you left the ER. Have you had pain on more than 50% of these days?
Secondary Outcome Measures :
3 item PEG score [ Time Frame: 3 months and 6 months after ED discharge ]
This is a validated pain questionnaire with 3 questions
Pain description [ Time Frame: 3 months and 6 months after ED discharge ]
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Ages Eligible for Study:
18 Years and older (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
Emergency department patients who are evaluated for acute pain and are prescribed an oral opioid
Adults seen in the emergency department for acute, new-onset pain, defined as: 1)localized pain duration < 10 days and 2) prior to the acute episode, the patient has not had this type of pain in the preceding six months
Upon emergency department discharge, the patients is prescribed an opioid for pain
Any prescribed opioid use within the previous six months including methadone and buprenorphine
Frequent use of any analgesic medication (Use of any analgesic >10 days per month prior to the onset of acute pain)