Assessing cortisol deficiency in chronic pain clinic patients

Organisation : NHS Lothian
Grant Amount : £ 6,633

Cortisol is a hormone with important functions in maintaining well-being and immunity to infection. Some evidence suggests that patients treated with commonly used opiate painkillers (such as tramadol and codeine) may be at risk of reduced cortisol levels, although this has not been systematically assessed. We intend to screen 100 patients attending NHS Lothian pain clinics for cortisol deficiency in an effort to assess the scale of this problem.