Researchers investigating the impact of codeine being available only by prescription are seeking individuals who have regularly used it as an over-the-counter medicine
The study is being conducted by Associate Professor Raimondo Bruno (University of Tasmania); Dr Suzanne Nielsen (University of NSW), and PhD candidate Jacqui McCoy (UTAS).
The study will use a web-based survey to follow participants over a 12-month period to explore the impact the new regulation on access to codeine has on their use of codeine-containing medicines, their pain management, their mental and physical health and their use of health services (including GPs and pharmacies).
Regular consumers of codeine-containing medicines who are over 18, live in Australia and are not currently engaged in treatment for codeine dependence are invited to apply to participate in the study.
Participation requires the completion of an online survey at four different times over a 12-month period. For the first survey, participants have the opportunity to win one of twenty $100 vouchers, and they will be reimbursed $20 for each of the remaining three surveys.
Information about participants will be stored in a de-identified format (personal information such as email address stored separately from data) on a secure server and no individual data will be published. Personal information will be deleted approximately one month after the conclusion of the study (October 2018).
More information about the study and a brief screening survey to assess participant eligibility is available here. The study’s Facebook page also has further information and enables participants to comment on this change in access to codeine-containing medicines.