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Exploring the delivery of care to people living with chronic pain and opioid use disorder in a western population
  1. Martin Galligan
  1. Royal Marsden School, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Mr Martin Galligan, Royal Marsden School, London, UK; martin.galligan{at}

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Commentary on:Archambault et al (2024) The current state of knowledge on care for co-occurring chronic pain and opioid use disorders: a scoping review.


  • Research is needed to explore the impact of combined management of opioid use disorder (OUD) and chronic non-cancer pain.

  • There is a need to support healthcare professionals when caring for those with OUD and chronic non-cancer pain to ensure they have adequate knowledge and awareness of treatment options.


Over the last decade, there has been a growing focus on the use of opioids in the management of pain across clinical practice and media outlets. The incidence of chronic non-cancer pain is estimated between 35% and 51%.1 It is estimated that around 22% of patients with chronic non-cancer pain received a prescription for an opioid, with 8%–12% showing signs of …

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.