PainRelief.com Interview with:
Leon Timmerman, PhD
St Antonius Hospital, Department of Anesthesiology
Intensive Care and Pain Medicine
PainRelief.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Response: Chronic pain is commonly treated
with pain medication. However, the results of pharmacological treatment are
often poor. One of the reasons might be that half of the patients do not use
their medication as prescribed. Underuse as well as overuse are common and have
been described to result in reduced treatment effect, health care risks and
unnecessary treatment changes. The are many risks factors described for
The way people think about their pain medication have been shown to be related to the way they use their medication. With this study, we confirmed this relation with a prospective study. Baseline beliefs about pain medication, measured by ‘Pain Medication Attitudes Questionnaire’, were found to be related to underuse of pain medication, the occurrence of side effects and patient satisfaction after three months.