Paradoxically opioid abuse has worsened since many state medical licensing boards now issue CME requirements for physicians to obtain CME regarding opioid prescription for re-licensure. Is this a statistical oddity ? Several years ago a rating scale from 1-10 was recommended to quantify patient pain. How bad is your pain? It is mostly a subjetive statement b a patient. A 10 is the worst pain you have ever experienced, affecting thought or movement This measures intensity but ignores duration of pain which can be as important as the level of pain.
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Primary care doctors are staying out of the fight against opioids