Global Opioid Utilisation Research project

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In 2015, the Drug Utilisation Special Interest Group of the International Society of Pharmacoepidemiology proposed an international collaborative to work on opioid utilisation globally. The Global Opioid Utilisation Research (GOUR) project prioritised three key research areas, including (1) establishing the methodology for assessing opioid utilisation, (2) identifying clinical outcomes associated with opioids, and (3) evaluating the impacts of determinants of opioid use (e.g. regulatory framework). Cross-national comparison (CNC) studies were proposed to analyse opioid use.

To explore the feasibility of this method, we conducted a questionnaire survey who asking ISPE SIG DUR members who had expressed interests in this project at the 2017 DU/SIG meeting to participate. Overall, we received responses from 22 regions about the following topic areas: opioid items, prescribing and control drug policy, availability and accessibility of secondary healthcare-related databases, including identification of 20 aggregate-level and 20 individual patient level datasets.

This project is led by Dr Li-Chia Chen, and coordinated by Dr Teng-Chou Chen.
Period15 Jan 2019 → …
Held atInternational Society of Pharmacoepidemiology and Therapeutic Risk Management, United States
Degree of RecognitionInternational