Brown's Department of Biostatistics, Dr. Roee Gutman, and Dr. Francesca Beaudoin, ED physcian at Rhode Island Hospital and Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Brown's Warren Alpert School of Medicine were joined by several Brown researchers to consider a timely and increasingly concerning topic - the effectiveness of opioids vs. NSAIDS in lowering the risk of chronic pain for those treated following a motor vehicle crash. In fact, the study which was published in PAIN this month suggests that there is not significant difference in the risk of continued pain after six weeks of recovery. However, there appears to be a greater risk of the continued use of opioids over NSAIDS.
The team, using data from a larger study, identified 284 "like" cases for comparison and used an innovative design method of propensity scores to account for covariate imbalances between the two treatment groups. More on this study and the results can be found in a News from Brown article by David Orenstein entitled "Opioids, NSAIDs no different overall for persistent pain after crashes."