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Understanding barriers and facilitators to opioid deprescribing in primary care

This qualitative study will explore patient barriers and facilitators to opioid deprescribing.

We want to understand your views on reducing or stopping your opioid medicines, in order to design interventions to help people come off their medicines. Participation on this study involves one telephone interview (20 min to 1 hour) held at a time convenient to you.

Ethics committee approval number: Project No. 2019/161


You may be eligible to participate in this study if you:

  • have chronic non-cancer pain (>12 weeks) and are on, or have been on and ceased within the last year, an opioid medicine long term (>6 weeks)
  • are 18 years of age or older
  • have adequate English to understand study procedures and participate in the interview
  • are not or have not been on opioid rotation or substitution therapy
  • do not have cancer or a terminal illness, or are not on palliative care.

How to participate

If you are interested in assisting with this important and exciting area of research, please contact the study facilitator at or on (02) 8627 6267