Evaluating health outcomes and economic impact over five years


Chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP) is a major contributor to disability. Increased opioid prescribing for CNCP has produced concern about dependence and overdose in the absence on data on its long-term effectiveness.

Novel statistical methods will test causal relationships over 5 years between treatment, outcomes, and costs on 1,514 CNCP patients prescribed opioids.

We will answer critical questions on 5-year outcomes, and whether, and for whom, opioids and other clinical interventions reduce costs.

Funding body

National Health and Medical Research Council

Scheme name

Project Grant

Years funded

2016 – 2019

Lead institution

University of New South Wales