In this issue of the Scandinavian Journal of Pain Helene Nordahl Christensen and her co-workers  and AsbjØrn Mohr Drewes and his co-workers  focus on the under-diagnosed, undertreated, and even inappropriately treated adverse effects on the gastrointestinal tract of opioids prescribed for relief of acute and long-lasting pain.1Opioids induce gastrointestinal dysfunction (OIBD), constipation in particular, and conventional laxatives may cause additional problems with negative effects on health-related quality of lifeNordahl Christensen et al.  with data from an Internet-based follow-up of patients who had been dispensed opioids for non-cancer pain, confirm that a majority of these patients suffer a significant burden of abdominal symptoms from opioid side effects. Their data confirm that there is a high degree of self management of opioid-induced constipation (OIC) with laxatives, and that there is a low degree of satisfaction with laxatives. Such adverse effects of opioids on functions of the gastrointestinal tract and the unsatisfactory self-management with laxatives contribute to a low health-related quality of life among patients with pain-conditions that are treated with opioids.2A Nordic multi-specialist working group for increased awareness of OIBD and advice on treatment of OIBDThere is a need for knowledge-based guidelines, or practice-advisory statements, on how to
Scandinavian Journal of Pain – de Gruyter
Published: Dec 29, 2017
It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.
Enjoy affordable access to
over 12 million articles from more than
10,000 peer-reviewed journals.
All for just $49/month
Read as many articles as you need. Full articles with original layout, charts and figures. Read online, from anywhere.
Keep up with your field with Personalized Recommendations and Follow Journals to get automatic updates.
It’s easy to organize your research with our built-in tools.
Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.
All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.
“Hi guys, I cannot tell you how much I love this resource. Incredible. I really believe you've hit the nail on the head with this site in regards to solving the research-purchase issue.”Daniel C.
“Whoa! It’s like Spotify but for academic articles.”@Phil_Robichaud
“I must say, @deepdyve is a fabulous solution to the independent researcher's problem of #access to #information.”@deepthiw
“My last article couldn't be possible without the platform @deepdyve that makes journal papers cheaper.”@JoseServera