Benjamin Morasco

Assistant Professor

  • 1686 Citations
  • 25 h-Index
20002018

Research Output 2000 2018

  • 1686 Citations
  • 25 h-Index
  • 63 Article
  • 3 Review article
  • 1 Chapter
2018

Patterns and correlates of medical cannabis use for pain among patients prescribed long-term opioid therapy

Nugent, S. M., Yarborough, B. J., Smith, N. X., Dobscha, S. K., Deyo, R. A., Green, C. A. & Morasco, B. J. Jan 1 2018 In : General Hospital Psychiatry. 50, p. 104-110 7 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Medical Marijuana
Opioid Analgesics
Pain
Therapeutics
Nicotine
2017
1 Citations

Benefits and harms of plant-based Cannabis for posttraumatic stress disorder a systematic review

O'Neil, M. E., Nugent, S. M., Morasco, B. J., Freeman, M., Low, A., Kondo, K., Zakher, B., Elven, C., Motu'apuaka, M., Paynter, R. & Kansagara, D. Sep 5 2017 In : Annals of Internal Medicine. 167, 5, p. 332-340 9 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewReview article

Cannabis
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders
Observational Studies
Research Personnel
Information Storage and Retrieval
3 Citations

Patient outcomes in dose reduction or discontinuation of long-term opioid therapy: A systematic review

Frank, J. W., Lovejoy, T. I., Becker, W. C., Morasco, B. J., Koenig, C. J., Hoffecker, L., Dischinger, H. R., Dobscha, S. K. & Krebs, E. E. Aug 1 2017 In : Annals of Internal Medicine. 167, 3, p. 181-191 11 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewReview article

Opioid Analgesics
Therapeutics
Pain
Quality of Life
Chronic Pain
2 Citations

Reasons for discontinuation of long-term opioid therapy in patients with and without substance use disorders

Lovejoy, T. I., Morasco, B. J., Demidenko, M. I., Meath, T. H. A., Frank, J. W. & Dobscha, S. K. 2017 In : Pain. 158, 3, p. 526-534 9 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Opioid Analgesics
Substance-Related Disorders
Therapeutics
Chronic Pain
Veterans Health
1 Citations

Substance Use Disorder Treatment Following Clinician-Initiated Discontinuation of Long-Term Opioid Therapy Resulting from an Aberrant Urine Drug Test

Nugent, S. M., Dobscha, S. K., Morasco, B. J., Demidenko, M. I., Meath, T. H. A., Frank, J. W. & Lovejoy, T. I. Jun 9 2017 (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of General Internal Medicine. p. 1-7 7 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Opioid Analgesics
Substance-Related Disorders
Urine
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Therapeutics

Suicidal ideation and suicidal self-directed violence following clinician-initiated prescription opioid discontinuation among long-term opioid users

Demidenko, M. I., Dobscha, S. K., Morasco, B. J., Meath, T. H. A., Ilgen, M. A. & Lovejoy, T. I. Jul 1 2017 In : General Hospital Psychiatry. 47, p. 29-35 7 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Suicidal Ideation
Violence
Opioid Analgesics
Prescriptions
Substance-Related Disorders
3 Citations

The effects of cannabis among adults with chronic painandan overview of general harms a systematic review

Nugent, S. M., Morasco, B. J., O'Neil, M. E., Freeman, M., Low, A., Kondo, K., Elven, C., Zakher, B., Motu'apuaka, M., Paynter, R. & Kansagara, D. Sep 5 2017 In : Annals of Internal Medicine. 167, 5, p. 319-331 13 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewReview article

Cannabis
Population
Chronic Pain
Neuralgia
Research Personnel
2016
1 Citations
Veterans
Chronic Pain
Opioid Analgesics
Substance-Related Disorders
Prescriptions
2 Citations

Development and Preliminary Evaluation of an Integrated Cognitive-Behavior Treatment for Chronic Pain and Substance Use Disorder in Patients with the Hepatitis C Virus

Morasco, B. J., Greaves, D. W., Lovejoy, T. I., Turk, D. C., Dobscha, S. K. & Hauser, P. Dec 1 2016 In : Pain medicine (Malden, Mass.). 17, 12, p. 2280-2290 11 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Chronic Pain
Hepacivirus
Substance-Related Disorders
Therapeutics
Cognitive Therapy
2 Citations

Higher Prescription Opioid Dose is Associated With Worse Patient-Reported Pain Outcomes and More Health Care Utilization

Morasco, B. J., Yarborough, B. J., Smith, N. X., Dobscha, S. K., Deyo, R. A., Perrin, N. A. & Green, C. A. Jul 12 2016 (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Pain.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Patient Acceptance of Health Care
Opioid Analgesics
Prescriptions
Pain
Patient Reported Outcome Measures
1 Citations

Predictors of urine drug testing for patients with chronic pain: Results from a national cohort of U.S. veterans

Morasco, B. J., Peters, D., Krebs, E. E., Kovas, A. E., Hart, K. & Dobscha, S. K. Jan 2 2016 In : Substance Abuse. 37, 1, p. 82-87 6 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Veterans
Chronic Pain
Odds Ratio
Urine
Pharmaceutical Preparations
2015
2 Citations

Pain-related anxiety mediates the relationship between depressive symptoms and pain interference in veterans with hepatitis C

Adams, M. H., Lovejoy, T. I., Turk, D. C., Dobscha, S. K., Hauser, P. & Morasco, B. J. Nov 1 2015 In : General Hospital Psychiatry. 37, 6, p. 533-537 5 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Veterans
Hepatitis C
Anxiety
Depression
Pain
2 Citations
Substance-Related Disorders
Therapeutics
Alcohol Abstinence
Time Management
Randomized Controlled Trials

Predictors of Improvements in Pain Intensity in a National Cohort of Older Veterans With Chronic Pain

Dobscha, S. K., Lovejoy, T. I., Morasco, B. J., Kovas, A. E., Peters, D. M., Hart, K., Williams, J. L. & McFarland, B. H. Dec 31 2015 (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Pain.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Veterans
Chronic Pain
Pain
Opioid Analgesics
Prescriptions

Psychometric Properties of the Centrality of Pain Scale

Morasco, B. J., Turk, D. C. & Nicolaidis, C. Jul 1 2015 In : Journal of Pain. 16, 7, p. 676-681 6 p., 3079

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Psychometrics
Pain
Chronic Pain
Self Report
United States Department of Veterans Affairs
7 Citations
Veterans
Chronic Pain
Outpatients
Pain
Cohort Studies
5 Citations

Treatment changes following aberrant urine drug test results for patients prescribed chronic opioid therapy

Morasco, B. J., Krebs, E. E., Cavanagh, R., Hyde, S., Crain, A. & Dobscha, S. K. Jan 1 2015 In : Journal of Opioid Management. 11, 1, p. 45-51 7 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Opioid Analgesics
Urine
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Therapeutics
Prescriptions
2014
6 Citations

Associations between prescription opioid use and sleep impairment among veterans with chronic pain

Morasco, B. J., O'Hearn, D., Turk, D. C. & Dobscha, S. K. Nov 1 2014 In : Pain Medicine (United States). 15, 11, p. 1902-1910 9 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Veterans
Chronic Pain
Opioid Analgesics
Prescriptions
Sleep
4 Citations

Biopsychosocial factors associated with pain in veterans with the hepatitis C virus

Morasco, B. J., Lovejoy, T. I., Turk, D. C., Crain, A., Hauser, P. & Dobscha, S. K. Oct 1 2014 In : Journal of Behavioral Medicine. 37, 5, p. 902-911 10 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Veterans
Hepacivirus
Pain
Catastrophization
Self Efficacy
1 Citations
Methamphetamine
Veterans
Health Services
Alcohols
Odds Ratio
2013
12 Citations

Care management practices for chronic pain in veterans prescribed high doses of opioid medications

Morasco, B. J., Cavanagh, R., Gritzner, S. & Dobscha, S. K. Dec 2013 In : Family Practice. 30, 6, p. 671-678 8 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Practice Management
Veterans
Chronic Pain
Opioid Analgesics
Pain
46 Citations

Correlates of prescription opioid initiation and long-term opioid use in veterans with persistent pain

Dobscha, S. K., Morasco, B. J., Duckart, J. P., MacEy, T. & Deyo, R. A. Feb 2013 In : Clinical Journal of Pain. 29, 2, p. 102-108 7 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Veterans
Opioid Analgesics
Prescriptions
Pain
Therapeutics
1 Citations

Patterns of care and side effects for patients prescribed methadone for treatment of chronic pain

Macey, T. A., Weimer, M. B., Grimaldi, E. M., Dobscha, S. K. & Morasco, B. J. Sep 2013 In : Journal of Opioid Management. 9, 5, p. 325-333 9 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Methadone
Chronic Pain
Therapeutics
Morphine
Opioid Analgesics
20 Citations

Prescription opioids for back pain and use of medications for erectile dysfunction

Deyo, R. A., Smith, D. H. M., Johnson, E. S., Tillotson, C. J., Donovan, M., Yang, X., Petrik, A., Morasco, B. J. & Dobscha, S. K. May 15 2013 In : Spine. 38, 11, p. 909-915 7 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Erectile Dysfunction
Back Pain
Opioid Analgesics
Prescriptions
Testosterone

Psychological Treatments for Pathological Gambling

Morasco, B. J. 2013 Interventions For Addiction. Elsevier Inc., p. 227-233 7 p.

Research output: ResearchChapter

Gambling
Psychology
35 Citations

Risk for prescription opioid misuse among patients with a history of substance use disorder

Morasco, B. J., Turk, D. C., Donovan, D. M. & Dobscha, S. K. Jan 1 2013 In : Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 127, 1-3, p. 193-199 7 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Opioid Analgesics
Substance-Related Disorders
Prescriptions
Pain
Surveys and Questionnaires
14 Citations

Sex differences in the medical care of VA patients with chronic non-cancer pain

Weimer, M. B., Macey, T. A., Nicolaidis, C., Dobscha, S. K., Duckart, J. P. & Morasco, B. J. Dec 2013 In : Pain Medicine (United States). 14, 12, p. 1839-1847 9 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Veterans
Sex Characteristics
Pain
Therapeutics
Chronic Pain
20 Citations

The relationship between PTSD and chronic pain: Mediating role of coping strategies and depression

Morasco, B. J., Lovejoy, T. I., Lu, M., Turk, D. C., Lewis, L. & Dobscha, S. K. Apr 2013 In : Pain. 154, 4, p. 609-616 8 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders
Chronic Pain
Depression
Pain
Veterans
27 Citations

Vulnerability to somatic symptoms of depression during interferon-alpha therapy for hepatitis C: A 16-week prospective study

Loftis, J. M., Patterson, A. L., Wilhelm, C. J., McNett, H., Morasco, B. J., Huckans, M., Morgan, T., Saperstein, S., Asghar, A. & Hauser, P. Jan 2013 In : Journal of Psychosomatic Research. 74, 1, p. 57-63 7 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Hepatitis C
Interferon-alpha
Prospective Studies
Depression
Therapeutics
2012
4 Citations

Chronic Pain Treatment and Health Service Utilization of Veterans with Hepatitis C Virus Infection

Lovejoy, T. I., Dobscha, S. K., Cavanagh, R., Turk, D. C. & Morasco, B. J. Nov 2012 In : Pain Medicine (United States). 13, 11, p. 1407-1416 10 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Veterans
Virus Diseases
Chronic Pain
Hepacivirus
Health Services
35 Citations

Correlates of higher-dose opioid medication use for low back pain in primary care

Kobus, A. M., Smith, D. H., Morasco, B. J., Johnson, E. S., Yang, X., Petrik, A. F. & Deyo, R. A. Nov 2012 In : Journal of Pain. 13, 11, p. 1131-1138 8 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Low Back Pain
Opioid Analgesics
Primary Health Care
Odds Ratio
Confidence Intervals
32 Citations

Evaluation of the psychometric properties of the revised short-form McGill pain questionnaire

Lovejoy, T. I., Turk, D. C. & Morasco, B. J. Dec 2012 In : Journal of Pain. 13, 12, p. 1250-1257 8 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Pain Measurement
Psychometrics
Pain
Veterans
Reproducibility of Results
36 Citations

Smoking cigarettes as a coping strategy for chronic pain is associated with greater pain intensity and poorer pain-related function

Patterson, A. L., Gritzner, S., Resnick, M. P., Dobscha, S. K., Turk, D. C. & Morasco, B. J. Mar 2012 In : Journal of Pain. 13, 3, p. 285-292 8 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Chronic Pain
Smoking
Pain
Tobacco Products
Therapeutics
2011
36 Citations
Chronic Pain
Opioid Analgesics
Substance-Related Disorders
Guidelines
Therapeutics
23 Citations
Musculoskeletal Pain
Substance-Related Disorders
Primary Health Care
Pain
Therapeutics
2 Citations

Depression and antiviral response to interferon-based therapy for hepatitis C virus infection

Loftis, J. M., Morasco, B. J. & Hauser, P. Apr 2011 In : Hepatology. 53, 4, p. 1413-1414 2 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Major Depressive Disorder
Chronic Hepatitis C
Virus Diseases
Viral Load
Treatment Failure
27 Citations

Patterns and Correlates of Prescription Opioid Use in OEF/OIF Veterans with Chronic Noncancer Pain

Macey, T. A., Morasco, B. J., Duckart, J. P. & Dobscha, S. K. Oct 2011 In : Pain Medicine. 12, 10, p. 1502-1509 8 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

2003-2011 Iraq War
Afghan Campaign 2001-
Veterans
Chronic Pain
Opioid Analgesics
16 Citations

Predictors of Engaging in Problem Gambling Treatment: Data From the West Virginia Problem Gamblers Help Network

Weinstock, J., Burton, S., Rash, C. J., Moran, S., Biller, W., Krudelbach, N., Phoenix, N. & Morasco, B. J. Jun 2011 In : Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. 25, 2, p. 372-379 8 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Gambling
Appointments and Schedules
Referral and Consultation
Coercion
Telephone
27 Citations

Screening for depression in patients with hepatitis C using the Beck Depression Inventory-II: Do somatic symptoms compromise validity?

Patterson, A. L., Morasco, B. J., Fuller, B. E., Indest, D. W., Loftis, J. M. & Hauser, P. Jul 2011 In : General Hospital Psychiatry. 33, 4, p. 354-362 9 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Hepatitis C
Depression
Equipment and Supplies
Medically Unexplained Symptoms
Statistical Factor Analysis
62 Citations

Systematic review of prevalence, correlates, and treatment outcomes for chronic non-cancer pain in patients with comorbid substance use disorder

Morasco, B. J., Gritzner, S., Lewis, L., Oldham, R., Turk, D. C. & Dobscha, S. K. Mar 2011 In : Pain. 152, 3, p. 488-497 10 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Substance-Related Disorders
Pain
Therapeutics
Demography
Research
2010
88 Citations

Clinical characteristics of veterans prescribed high doses of opioid medications for chronic non-cancer pain

Morasco, B. J., Duckart, J. P., Carr, T. P., Deyo, R. A. & Dobscha, S. K. Dec 2010 In : Pain. 151, 3, p. 625-632 8 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Veterans
Opioid Analgesics
Pain
Chronic Pain
Demography
111 Citations
Neuroimmunomodulation
Depression
Cytokines
Therapeutics
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
16 Citations

Predictors of pain intensity and pain functioning in patients with the hepatitis C virus

Morasco, B. J., Huckans, M., Loftis, J. M., Woodhouse, J., Seelye, A., Turk, D. C. & Hauser, P. 2010 In : General Hospital Psychiatry. 32, 4, p. 413-418 6 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Hepacivirus
Pain
Psychology
Pain Measurement
Medical Records
41 Citations

Prophylactic antidepressant treatment in patients with hepatitis C on antiviral therapy: A double-blind, placebo-controlled trial

Morasco, B. J., Loftis, J. M., Indest, D. W., Ruimy, S., Davison, J. W., Felker, B. & Hauser, P. Sep 2010 In : Psychosomatics. 51, 5, p. 401-408 8 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Hepatitis C
Antidepressive Agents
Antiviral Agents
Placebos
Depression
4 Citations

Serum serotonin levels are associated with antiviral therapy outcomes in patients with chronic hepatitis C

Loftis, J. M., Morasco, B. J., Menasco, D., Fuchs, D., Strater, M. & Hauser, P. 2010 In : Open Infectious Diseases Journal. 4, 1, p. 132-141 10 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Chronic Hepatitis C
Antiviral Agents
Serotonin
Serum
Therapeutics
16 Citations

The influence of antiviral therapy on psychiatric symptoms among patients with hepatitis C and schizophrenia

Huckans, M., Mitchell, A., Pavawalla, S., Morasco, B. J., Ruimy, S., Loftis, J. M., Rifai, M. A. & Hauser, P. 2010 In : Antiviral Therapy. 15, 1, p. 111-119 9 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Hepatitis C
Antiviral Agents
Psychiatry
Schizophrenia
Therapeutics
2009
19 Citations

Antiviral completion rates and sustained viral response in hepatitis C patients with and without preexisting major depressive disorder

Hauser, P., Morasco, B. J., Linke, A., Bjornson, D., Ruimy, S., Matthews, A., Rifai, A., Indest, D. W. & Loftis, J. M. Sep 2009 In : Psychosomatics. 50, 5, p. 500-505 6 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Major Depressive Disorder
Hepatitis C
Hepacivirus
Antiviral Agents
Completion
45 Citations

Brief motivational interventions for college student problem gamblers

Petry, N. M., Weinstock, J., Morasco, B. J. & Ledgerwood, D. M. Sep 2009 In : Addiction. 104, 9, p. 1569-1578 10 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Gambling
Students
Therapeutics
Cognitive Therapy
Research
Paroxetine
Hepatitis C
Mood Disorders
Interferon-alpha
Depression
53 Citations

Systematic review of the literature on pain in patients with polytrauma including traumatic brain injury

Dobscha, S. K., Clark, M. E., Morasco, B. J., Freeman, M., Campbell, R. & Helfand, M. Oct 2009 In : Pain Medicine. 10, 7, p. 1200-1217 18 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Multiple Trauma
Pain
Traumatic Brain Injury
Headache
Pain Measurement