Benjamin J Morasco

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Country: USA

Publications

  1. doi request reprint Prescription medication misuse and substance use disorder in VA primary care patients with chronic pain
    Benjamin J Morasco
    Behavioral Health and Clinical Neurosciences Division, Portland VA Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR 97219, USA
    Gen Hosp Psychiatry 30:93-9. 2008
  2. doi request reprint Pain, substance use disorders and opioid analgesic prescription patterns in veterans with hepatitis C
    Ashlee J Whitehead
    Northwest Hepatitis C Resource Center, Portland, OR, USA
    J Pain Symptom Manage 36:39-45. 2008
  3. pmc Clinical characteristics of veterans prescribed high doses of opioid medications for chronic non-cancer pain
    Benjamin J Morasco
    Mental Health and Clinical Neurosciences Division, Portland VA Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR 97239, USA
    Pain 151:625-32. 2010
  4. pmc The relationship between PTSD and chronic pain: mediating role of coping strategies and depression
    Benjamin J Morasco
    Mental Health and Clinical Neurosciences Division, Portland VA Medical Center, Portland, OR 97239, USA
    Pain 154:609-16. 2013
  5. pmc Risk for prescription opioid misuse among patients with a history of substance use disorder
    Benjamin J Morasco
    Mental Health and Clinical Neurosciences Division, Portland VA Medical Center, United States
    Drug Alcohol Depend 127:193-9. 2013
  6. pmc Association between substance use disorder status and pain-related function following 12 months of treatment in primary care patients with musculoskeletal pain
    Benjamin J Morasco
    Mental Health and Clinical Neurosciences Division, Portland VA Medical Center, Portland, Oregon, USA
    J Pain 12:352-9. 2011
  7. pmc Prophylactic antidepressant treatment in patients with hepatitis C on antiviral therapy: a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial
    Benjamin J Morasco
    Behavioral Health and Clinical Neurosciences Division, Portland VA Medical Center, Portland, OR 97239, USA
    Psychosomatics 51:401-8. 2010
  8. pmc Predictors of pain intensity and pain functioning in patients with the hepatitis C virus
    Benjamin J Morasco
    Northwest Hepatitis C Resource Center and Mental Health and Clinical Neurosciences Division, Portland VA Medical Center, Portland, OR 97239, USA
    Gen Hosp Psychiatry 32:413-8. 2010
  9. pmc Adherence to clinical guidelines for opioid therapy for chronic pain in patients with substance use disorder
    Benjamin J Morasco
    Mental Health and Clinical Neurosciences Division, Portland VA Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry, Oregon Health and Science University, 3710 SW US Veterans Hospital Road, Portland, OR 97239, USA
    J Gen Intern Med 26:965-71. 2011
  10. ncbi request reprint The utility of the NEO-PI-R validity scales to detect response distortion: a comparison with the MMPI-2
    Benjamin J Morasco
    Behavioral Health and Clinical Neurosciences Division, Portland VA Medical Center, Portland, Oregon, USA
    J Pers Assess 88:276-83. 2007

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Publications37

  1. doi request reprint Prescription medication misuse and substance use disorder in VA primary care patients with chronic pain
    Benjamin J Morasco
    Behavioral Health and Clinical Neurosciences Division, Portland VA Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR 97219, USA
    Gen Hosp Psychiatry 30:93-9. 2008
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  2. doi request reprint Pain, substance use disorders and opioid analgesic prescription patterns in veterans with hepatitis C
    Ashlee J Whitehead
    Northwest Hepatitis C Resource Center, Portland, OR, USA
    J Pain Symptom Manage 36:39-45. 2008
    ..13.4 days, P<0.001). These data demonstrate that pain and SUD diagnoses were common among HCV+ patients, and that opioids were frequently prescribed. Co-occurring SUD was not associated with indicators of prescription opioid misuse...
  3. pmc Clinical characteristics of veterans prescribed high doses of opioid medications for chronic non-cancer pain
    Benjamin J Morasco
    Mental Health and Clinical Neurosciences Division, Portland VA Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR 97239, USA
    Pain 151:625-32. 2010
    ..0% received concurrent benzodiazepine prescriptions, which may increase risk for overdose and death. Further study is needed to identify better predictors of high-dose usage, as well as the efficacy and safety of such dosing...
  4. pmc The relationship between PTSD and chronic pain: mediating role of coping strategies and depression
    Benjamin J Morasco
    Mental Health and Clinical Neurosciences Division, Portland VA Medical Center, Portland, OR 97239, USA
    Pain 154:609-16. 2013
    ..Future research should examine whether changes in types of coping strategies after targeted treatments predict improvements in pain-related function for chronic pain patients with concurrent PTSD...
  5. pmc Risk for prescription opioid misuse among patients with a history of substance use disorder
    Benjamin J Morasco
    Mental Health and Clinical Neurosciences Division, Portland VA Medical Center, United States
    Drug Alcohol Depend 127:193-9. 2013
    ....
  6. pmc Association between substance use disorder status and pain-related function following 12 months of treatment in primary care patients with musculoskeletal pain
    Benjamin J Morasco
    Mental Health and Clinical Neurosciences Division, Portland VA Medical Center, Portland, Oregon, USA
    J Pain 12:352-9. 2011
    ..Patients with SUD who received usual care were 70% less likely to have clinically significant improvements in pain-related function 12 months postbaseline, and SUD status did not impede improvement for the CCI group...
  7. pmc Prophylactic antidepressant treatment in patients with hepatitis C on antiviral therapy: a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial
    Benjamin J Morasco
    Behavioral Health and Clinical Neurosciences Division, Portland VA Medical Center, Portland, OR 97239, USA
    Psychosomatics 51:401-8. 2010
    ..Approximately one-third of patients undergoing interferon-α (IFN-α) therapy for treatment of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) develop major depression, which decreases functioning and may lead to the reduction or discontinuation of treatment...
  8. pmc Predictors of pain intensity and pain functioning in patients with the hepatitis C virus
    Benjamin J Morasco
    Northwest Hepatitis C Resource Center and Mental Health and Clinical Neurosciences Division, Portland VA Medical Center, Portland, OR 97239, USA
    Gen Hosp Psychiatry 32:413-8. 2010
    ..To examine the relationships among biological and psychological variables with pain intensity and pain functioning in patients with the hepatitis C virus (HCV)...
  9. pmc Adherence to clinical guidelines for opioid therapy for chronic pain in patients with substance use disorder
    Benjamin J Morasco
    Mental Health and Clinical Neurosciences Division, Portland VA Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry, Oregon Health and Science University, 3710 SW US Veterans Hospital Road, Portland, OR 97239, USA
    J Gen Intern Med 26:965-71. 2011
    ..SUD complicates pain treatment and may lead to worse outcomes. However, little information is available describing adherence to opioid treatment guidelines for CNCP generally, or guideline adherence for patients with comorbid SUD...
  10. ncbi request reprint The utility of the NEO-PI-R validity scales to detect response distortion: a comparison with the MMPI-2
    Benjamin J Morasco
    Behavioral Health and Clinical Neurosciences Division, Portland VA Medical Center, Portland, Oregon, USA
    J Pers Assess 88:276-83. 2007
    ..These results provide additional support for the clinical utility of the NEO-PI-R Validity Scales as indicators of response bias...
  11. pmc Antiviral completion rates and sustained viral response in hepatitis C patients with and without preexisting major depressive disorder
    Peter Hauser
    Northwest Hepatitis C Resource Center, Portland VA Medical Center, Portland, OR 97202, USA
    Psychosomatics 50:500-5. 2009
    ..Despite evidence suggesting that the majority of patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) have psychiatric and substance use disorders, patients with these comorbidities have historically been excluded from antiviral therapy for HCV...
  12. pmc Prescription opioids for back pain and use of medications for erectile dysfunction
    Richard A Deyo
    Department of Family Medicine, Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology, Portland, OR, USA
    Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 38:909-15. 2013
    ..Cross-sectional analysis of electronic medical and pharmacy records...
  13. doi request reprint Vulnerability to somatic symptoms of depression during interferon-alpha therapy for hepatitis C: a 16-week prospective study
    Jennifer M Loftis
    Research and Development Service, Portland VA Medical Center, Portland, OR, USA
    J Psychosom Res 74:57-63. 2013
    ..e., cognitive-affective and somatic) in Veterans with hepatitis C viral infection (HCV) before and during interferon-alpha (IFN) based antiviral therapy...
  14. pmc Correlates of prescription opioid initiation and long-term opioid use in veterans with persistent pain
    Steven K Dobscha
    Mental Health and Clinical Neurosciences Division, Portland VA Medical Center, OR 97239, USA
    Clin J Pain 29:102-8. 2013
    ..We sought to describe patterns of prescription opioid initiation, identify correlates of opioid initiation, and examine correlates of receipt of chronic opioid therapy (COT) among veterans with persistent noncancer pain...
  15. ncbi request reprint Health problems and medical utilization associated with gambling disorders: results from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions
    Benjamin J Morasco
    Department of Psychiatry, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, Connecticut, USA
    Psychosom Med 68:976-84. 2006
    ..We sought to examine medical disorders and health service utilization associated with problem and pathologic gambling...
  16. pmc Correlates of higher-dose opioid medication use for low back pain in primary care
    AMY M KOBUS
    Oregon Health and Science University, 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, OR 97239, USA
    J Pain 13:1131-8. 2012
    ..58, 95% CI = 1.28-1.95), co-prescriptions of sedative-hypnotics (OR = 1.75, 95% CI = 1.42-2.16), and more emergency department and specialty pain clinic visits were associated with higher likelihood of high-dose prescriptions...
  17. pmc Systematic review of prevalence, correlates, and treatment outcomes for chronic non-cancer pain in patients with comorbid substance use disorder
    Benjamin J Morasco
    Department of Psychiatry, Oregon Health and Science University, USA
    Pain 152:488-97. 2011
    ..Research is needed to increase understanding of the prevalence, correlates, and responses to treatment of CNCP patients with comorbid SUDs...
  18. ncbi request reprint Gambling level and psychiatric and medical disorders in older adults: results from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions
    Robert H Pietrzak
    Department of Psychiatry, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT 06030 3944, USA
    Am J Geriatr Psychiatry 15:301-13. 2007
    ..This study examined the association between gambling level and psychiatric and medical disorders in a nationally representative sample of older adults...
  19. pmc The cognitive effects of hepatitis C in the presence and absence of a history of substance use disorder
    Marilyn Huckans
    Northwest Hepatitis C Resource Center, Portland VA Medical Center, Portland, Oregon 97239, USA
    J Int Neuropsychol Soc 15:69-82. 2009
    ..Results indicate that chronic HCV is associated with cognitive impairment in the absence of a history of SUD. The most robust deficits appear to be in verbal learning and reasoning/mental flexibility. (JINS, 2009, 15, 69-82.)...
  20. ncbi request reprint A randomized trial of paroxetine to prevent interferon-alpha-induced depression in patients with hepatitis C
    Benjamin J Morasco
    Behavioral Health and Clinical Neurosciences Division, Portland VA Medical Center, Oregon, United States
    J Affect Disord 103:83-90. 2007
    ..This study examined the efficacy of paroxetine in preventing the development of depression during antiviral therapy...
  21. pmc Chronic pain treatment and health service utilization of veterans with hepatitis C virus infection
    Travis I Lovejoy
    Mental Health and Clinical Neurosciences Division, Portland VA Medical Center, Portland, Oregon 97239, USA
    Pain Med 13:1407-16. 2012
    ..The primary purpose of this study was to compare health service utilization of U.S. military veterans with HCV with and without the presence of comorbid chronic pain...
  22. doi request reprint Screening for depression in patients with hepatitis C using the Beck Depression Inventory-II: do somatic symptoms compromise validity?
    Alexander L Patterson
    Mental Health and Clinical Neurosciences Division, Portland VA Medical Center, Portland, OR, USA
    Gen Hosp Psychiatry 33:354-62. 2011
    ..The objective of the study was to evaluate the validity of the Beck Depression Inventory-II (BDI-II) when used to measure depression in patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV)...
  23. pmc The influence of antiviral therapy on psychiatric symptoms among patients with hepatitis C and schizophrenia
    Marilyn Huckans
    Northwest Hepatitis C Resource Center, Portland VA Medical Center, Portland, OR, USA
    Antivir Ther 15:111-9. 2010
    ..The aim of this study was to determine whether antiviral therapy is associated with higher rates of psychiatric symptoms in patients with schizophrenia (SCHZ)...
  24. doi request reprint Comparison of health service use among veterans with methamphetamine versus alcohol use disorders
    Benjamin J Morasco
    From the Mental Health and Clinical Neurosciences Division BJM, MEO, LG, Portland VA Medical Center, Portland, Oregon Department of Psychiatry BJM, MEO, LG, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon Portland Center for the Study of Chronic Comorbid Mental and Physical Disorders BJM, MEO, JPD, LG, Health Services Research and Development, Portland VA Medical Center, Portland, Oregon
    J Addict Med 8:47-52. 2014
    ..The goal of this study was to describe health service use among veterans with MUD relative to a group of veterans with an alcohol use disorder (AUD)...
  25. pmc Smoking cigarettes as a coping strategy for chronic pain is associated with greater pain intensity and poorer pain-related function
    Alexander L Patterson
    Mental Health and Clinical Neurosciences Division, Portland VA Medical Center, Portland, OR, USA
    J Pain 13:285-92. 2012
    ..005), and fear of pain (P = .04). In addition to assessing general smoking status, a more specific assessment of the chronic pain patient's reasons for smoking may be an important consideration as part of interdisciplinary pain treatment...
  26. pmc Systematic review of the literature on pain in patients with polytrauma including traumatic brain injury
    Steven K Dobscha
    Portland Center for the Study of Chronic, Comorbid Physical and Mental Disorders, Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Portland, OR 97207, USA
    Pain Med 10:1200-17. 2009
    ....
  27. ncbi request reprint Gambling problems and health functioning in individuals receiving disability
    Benjamin J Morasco
    Portland VA Medical Center, Portland, OR, USA
    Disabil Rehabil 28:619-23. 2006
    ..This study evaluated the rates and correlates of disordered gambling, with a focus on gambling behavior among participants receiving disability...
  28. pmc Evaluation of the psychometric properties of the revised short-form McGill Pain Questionnaire
    Travis I Lovejoy
    Mental Health and Clinical Neurosciences Division, Portland VA Medical Center, Portland, OR, USA
    J Pain 13:1250-7. 2012
    ..Future psychometric studies of the SF-MPQ-2 should employ longitudinal data to evaluate the ability of scale scores to uniquely predict clinical and health service outcomes...
  29. pmc Patterns and correlates of prescription opioid use in OEF/OIF veterans with chronic noncancer pain
    Tara A Macey
    Mental Health and Clinical Neurosciences Division, Portland VA Medical Center, Portland, Oregon 97239, USA
    Pain Med 12:1502-9. 2011
    ..We sought to describe the prevalence of prescription opioid use, types, and doses of opioids received and to identify correlates of receiving prescription opioids for CNCP among OEF/OIF veterans...
  30. pmc Neuroimmune mechanisms of cytokine-induced depression: current theories and novel treatment strategies
    Jennifer M Loftis
    Research and Development Service, Behavioral Health and Clinical Neurosciences Division, Portland VA Medical Center, 3710 SW US Veterans Hospital Rd, Portland, OR 97239, USA
    Neurobiol Dis 37:519-33. 2010
    ..Future research should aim to characterize these depression-related symptom constellations or syndromes better with the goal of optimizing treatment strategies...
  31. doi request reprint Patterns of care and side effects for patients prescribed methadone for treatment of chronic pain
    Tara A Macey
    Department of Psychiatry, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon
    J Opioid Manag 9:325-33. 2013
    ....
  32. pmc Sex differences in the medical care of VA patients with chronic non-cancer pain
    Melissa B Weimer
    Department of Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon, USA
    Pain Med 14:1839-47. 2013
    ..This study sought to determine if sex differences are present in the medical care veterans received for chronic pain...
  33. ncbi request reprint The relationship between measures of psychopathology, intelligence, and memory among adults seen for psychoeducational assessment
    Benjamin J Morasco
    Department of Behavioral Health and Clinical Neurosciences, Portland VA Medical Center, 3710 SW U S Veterans Hospital Road P3MHDC, Portland, OR 97239, USA
    Arch Clin Neuropsychol 21:297-301. 2006
    ..The results suggest that psychopathology as measured by the MMPI-2 may be minimally associated with intelligence and memory test performance in adults seen for psychoeducational assessment...
  34. ncbi request reprint Clinical features and treatment prognosis of pathological gamblers with and without recent gambling-related illegal behavior
    David M Ledgerwood
    Department of Psychiatry, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT, USA
    J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 35:294-301. 2007
    ....
  35. ncbi request reprint Severity of gambling is associated with physical and emotional health in urban primary care patients
    Benjamin J Morasco
    Department of Psychiatry, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT 06030, USA
    Gen Hosp Psychiatry 28:94-100. 2006
    ..The purpose of this study is to assess the prevalence of recreational and disordered gambling, and to identify its association with health functioning, in urban primary care patients...
  36. ncbi request reprint Spontaneous smoking cessation during pregnancy among ethnic minority women: a preliminary investigation
    Benjamin J Morasco
    Preventive Cardiology, Hartford Hospital, 80 Seymour St, P O Box 5037, Hartford, CT 06102, United States
    Addict Behav 31:203-10. 2006
    ..These results extend research with pregnant smokers to a new population and may have implications for healthcare providers and policy makers...
  37. ncbi request reprint Construct validity of the posttraumatic stress disorder checklist in cancer survivors: analyses based on two samples
    Katherine N DuHamel
    Program for Cancer Prevention and Control, Department of Oncological Sciences, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY 10029, USA
    Psychol Assess 16:255-66. 2004
    ..By using confirmatory factor analysis the authors found that a 4-first-order-factor model of PTSD provided the best fit. The relations of PTSD symptoms with sociodemographic and medical variables were also explored...