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Compton’s work is grounded in her neuropsychiatric nursing practice in addiction and pain treatment settings and involves the testing and refinement of a novel nursing theory that pain and opiate addiction are interrelated phenomena co-expressed in unique human life responses. Compton has established herself as an expert in identifying opiate abuse and addiction in chronic pain patients and has made significant contributions to the fields of addiction and pain.
Compton's experience working in several public treatment settings, coupled with her extensive research and publication on pain and opioids, has helped to establish methods to identify substance use disorders and addiction in chronic pain patients on ongoing analgesic therapy.
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Finds that one in 10 surgical patients is still using opioids one year postdischarge despite expectations that postoperative pain subsides within the first month following surgery
Reviews and explores the combination of factors of events that led to the current “epidemic” of prescription opioid abuse and overdose deaths, as well as the subsequent resurgence of heroin use among opioid addicts.
Tests the effect of office‐based motivational interviewing (MI) on prescription opioid adherence in older adults with chronic pain. Finds that participants demonstrated a significantly reduced risk of prescription opioid misuse, decreased substance use, increased self‐efficacy, increased motivation to change, and decreased depression at both the post‐test and 1‐month follow‐up.
Addresses the issues related to the non-medical use and abuse of prescription opioids.