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Concerns about medication and medication adherence in patients with chronic pain recruited from general practice
  1. Susan Broekmans1,
  2. Steven Vanderschueren1,2
  1. 1The Leuven Center for Algology and Pain Management, University Hospitals Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
  2. 2Department of Internal Medicine, University Hospitals Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
  1. Correspondence to Susan Broekmans
    University Hospitals Leuven - The Leuven Center for Algology and Pain Management, Weligerveld 1 Pellenberg 3212, Belgium; susan.broekmans{at}

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Implications for nursing practice and research

  • Patient concerns and beliefs about medication are associated with overuse and underuse of medication.

  • Identifying and addressing these concerns may improve adherence.

  • Further research is needed to examine whether training of healthcare practitioners (including nurses) has an effect on patients' concerns and medication adherence.


Chronic non-malignant pain is a long-lasting condition, with a complex pathophysiology, often accompanied with dysfunctional pain behaviour. Chronic pain affects about 19% of the population in Europe.1 Due to the complex nature of chronic pain, its treatment needs a multidisciplinary and multimodal approach. Still, medication remains a cornerstone of chronic …

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