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Dependence to legally prescribed opioid analgesics in a university hospital in Medellin-Colombia: an observational study

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Pharmacology and Toxicology, September 2016
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Title
Dependence to legally prescribed opioid analgesics in a university hospital in Medellin-Colombia: an observational study
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BMC Pharmacology and Toxicology, September 2016
DOI 10.1186/s40360-016-0087-4
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Maria G. Garcia-Orjuela, Lineth Alarcon-Franco, Juan C. Sanchez-Fernandez, Yuli Agudelo, Andres F. Zuluaga

Abstract

In some countries the misuse and diversion of prescribed opioid analgesic is increasing considerably, but there is no official data regarding the situation in Colombia. The aim of this study was to identify all dependent to opioid analgesics legally prescribed patients that were treated in a University Hospital in Medellin, Colombia during 4 years and to characterize this population. Observational study in a University Hospital in Medellin, Colombia, searching for patients with ICD-10 codes related with opioid related disorders, adverse events or pain and treated between January 2011 and December 2014. Sixty patients with opioid dependence according to DSM-IV criteria were found from 3332 clinical charts reviewed. The median age was 43 years. Although all patients met the DSM-IV criteria, 33 % of patients were wrongly diagnosed by other ICD-10 codes. Almost all patient (88 %) initiated opioids after medical prescription although the adherence to pain scale was low (25 %). The median time of consumption was 48 months. Tramadol was the opioid more frequently used by patients, followed by morphine and oxycodone. A statistically significant higher consumption of other psychotropic substances was observed in male than female (P = 0.005 by Fisher's test). After be diagnosed, 55 % of patients gone a methadone-based replacement therapy. Legally prescribed opioid dependence was belatedly diagnosed in 60 patients in a University hospital, after prolonged use of drugs to treat chronic pain and with low adherence to pain scale or guidelines. This is the first report in Colombia.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 64 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 12 19%
Student > Bachelor 7 11%
Other 6 9%
Student > Postgraduate 6 9%
Researcher 5 8%
Other 13 20%
Unknown 15 23%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 26 41%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 9 14%
Social Sciences 6 9%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 2 3%
Nursing and Health Professions 2 3%
Other 4 6%
Unknown 15 23%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 7. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 16 January 2020.
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