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Access to Opioid Medication in Europe

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The overall goal of this project, is to undertake applied research into the reasons why opioid medicines for moderate to severe pain and for the treatment of opioid dependence are not used adequately in 12 European countries; to elaborate and disseminate tailor-made recommendations to each country for improving the accessibility, availability and affordability of controlled medicines; to disseminate these to governments, healthcare professionals, other key decision making bodies as well as to the general public. The outcome of the research will serve to underpin informed policy decisions on health systems and more effective and efficient evidence-based strategies for health therapies (pain management) in 12 European countries.

Mr Volker Legewie
Dr rer. medic. Saskia Jünger

Universitaetsklinikum Aachen
Aachen, Germany
EC contribution: EUR 2 449 062
Duration: 60 months
Starting date: 01/12/2009
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