FAIRFIELD, N.J. , June 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Pain Insights conducted a patient-centered survey which measured patient views on the use of opioids, non-opioids, and non-pharmacologic therapies for treatment of chronic pain, their satisfaction with these pain control therapies, patient involvement in the treatment decision process and the changing patient-practitioner relationship. This baseline study also measured the impact of recent guideline recommendations on patient views regarding the use of opioids.
The moderate-to-severe pain market is in the midst of a transformation due to heightened concerns with overdoses from prescription medications, the impact of the newly released CDC Guidelines on how physicians communicate with, and treat, chronic pain patients, and the aftereffects of rescheduling hydrocodone combination products.
As a result of the above factors and others, dispensed opioid prescriptions declined by 2.2% in 2014 and 6.8% in 20151. Based on findings from this survey, the downward trend for opioids will continue.
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In response to heightened concerns with opioid prescribing and the release of recent guidelines, this study was fielded to characterize recent dynamics in the treatment of chronic pain from the viewpoint of the patient.
Respondents were actively seeking care for their moderate-to-severe chronic pain from a medical practitioner: were either already taking an opioid, had previously taken an opioid, or were opioid naïve. To provide context, the report includes numerous representative patient verbatims.
- Establish metrics to gauge awareness and impact of recent guidelines (e.g. CDC)
- Ascertain the most desired patient-reported outcomes (PROs)
- Uncover the most significant impacts on functioning (pain interference)
- Analyze the patient journey, retrospectively and prospectively, regardless of opioid status
- Assess the perceived need for and willingness to pay for abuse-deterrent opioid formulations
- Establish baseline metrics for patient satisfaction and outcomes with opioid therapy
- Appraise patient acceptance of risk management strategies
- Investigate key issues, such as benzodiazepine use, post-surgical chronic pain, Emergency Department visits, appropriate storage/disposal, use of OTC analgesics, in-home naloxone, etc.
- Patient segmentation based on needs/attitudes/psychographics
- And most importantly, determine steps that can be taken to improve chronic pain therapy from the patient perspective
- Market segmentation identified four patient groups based on acceptance of pain control therapies, receptivity to enhanced patient-provider communication and new policies relating to the usage of opioids for chronic pain.
- Awareness of the CDC recommendations with at least a basic knowledge was 27% (only 8% good knowledge)
- 35% of patients indicated issues obtaining an adequate opioid regimen due to reluctance or other issues on the part of practitioners, pharmacists, or insurers during the past six months.
- 80% of patients currently taking opioids believed they are generally safe if taken as directed.
- Multi-modal therapy was common: 58% of patients not on opioid therapy were taking more than one type of non-opioid medication; two-thirds of patients taking an opioid were also taking more than one non-opioid medication - suggesting people with more pain require more multi-modal therapy
- Moving forward, patients recommend an "all of the above approach" that can be tailored to individual needs.
What is the value of this study? - The findings will lend insights into: patient engagement activities, patient-reported outcomes (PROs), educational initiatives, new product development and strategic planning strategies, target product profiles (TPPs), REMS-related initiatives, and market segmentation.
About Pain Insights, Inc.
Pain Insights, Inc. is a full service marketing research and strategic planning firm established in 2001, exclusively focused on the area of pain management.
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