Feasibility of a social media/online community support group intervention among chronic pain patients on opioid therapy

Sean D. Young, Maryann Koussa, Sung-Jae Lee, Hendry Perez, Navkiran Gill, Lillian Gelberg, Keith Heinzerling
2018 Journal of Addictive Diseases  
Aims: Assess whether the Harnessing Online Peer Education (HOPE) social media-based support group can engage patients on opioids at risk for misuse/overdose to discuss risk reduction strategies. Methods: Fifty-one patients on chronic opioid therapy and risk factors for aberrant medication-taking behaviors were randomized to a HOPE intervention or control (Facebook) group. Results: Compared to control group participants, intervention participants had almost 10 times higher posting engagement (n
more » ... 411 posts versus 45; 73% versus 52% of participants). Participants discussed coping, pain, medication and non-medication treatments, and other opioid and addiction-related topics. Discussion: Results suggest that a HOPE online community might serve as an effective behavioral intervention tool among chronic pain patients on opioid therapy.
doi:10.1080/10550887.2018.1557992 pmid:30614403 pmcid:PMC6551263 fatcat:fcmxoq62zndbbosq3sgnkj5zy4