opiophobia

opiophobia

A doctor’s unwillingness or fear of prescribing (opioid) medication to patients.

opiophobia

Psychology A fear that physicians have of prescribing needed pain medications. See Phobia.

opiophobia

(ō″pē-ō-fō′bē-ŭ) [L. fm. Gr. opion, opium + ″]
Unwarranted or unreasonable concerns about the use or prescription of narcotic analgesics.
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25) The main reason for not prescribing these drugs is still opiophobia among health professionals.
I take full responsibility for my problem," he declared, while blaming his situation on "highly addictive medication" (thereby reinforcing the opiophobia that has led to scandalous undertreatment of pain in this country).
In medical journals and textbooks, the cause of this misery has a name: opiophobia.
Clinicians and researchers have long remarked on the link between opiophobia and undertreatment of pain.
Despite such reassuring findings, many patients continued to suffer because of their doctors' opiophobia.