Benjamin Morasco

Assistant Professor

  • 1841 Citations
  • 26 h-Index
20002018
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Research Output 2000 2018

  • 1841 Citations
  • 26 h-Index
  • 67 Article
  • 3 Review article
  • 1 Chapter
2018
1 Citations

A Model of the Intersection of Pain and Opioid Misuse in Children and Adolescents

Dash, G. F., Wilson, A. C., Morasco, B. J. & Feldstein Ewing, S. W. May 1 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Clinical Psychological Science.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Opioid Analgesics
Pain
Prescriptions
Public Health
Pediatrics

Clinician Referrals for Non-opioid Pain Care Following Discontinuation of Long-term Opioid Therapy Differ Based on Reasons for Discontinuation

Lovejoy, T. I., Morasco, B. J., Demidenko, M. I., Meath, T. H. A. & Dobscha, S. K. May 1 2018 In : Journal of general internal medicine. 33, p. 24-30 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Opioid Analgesics
Referral and Consultation
Pain
Analgesics
Therapeutics

Correlates of Use and Perceived Effectiveness of Non-pharmacologic Strategies for Chronic Pain Among Patients Prescribed Long-term Opioid Therapy

Lozier, C. C., Nugent, S. M., Smith, N. X., Yarborough, B. J., Dobscha, S. K., Deyo, R. A. & Morasco, B. J. May 1 2018 In : Journal of general internal medicine. 33, p. 46-53 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Chronic Pain
Opioid Analgesics
Therapeutics
Pain
Demography

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: Contribution to journalArticle

Medical Marijuana
Opioid Analgesics
Pain
Therapeutics
Nicotine

Prevalence and Correlates of Low Pain Interference Among Patients With High Pain Intensity Who Are Prescribed Long-Term Opioid Therapy

Adams, M. H., Dobscha, S. K., Smith, N. X., Yarborough, B. J., Deyo, R. A. & Morasco, B. J. Jan 1 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Pain.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Opioid Analgesics
Pain
Therapeutics
Self Efficacy
Depression
2017
5 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: Contribution to journalReview article

Cannabis
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders
Observational Studies
Research Personnel
Information Storage and Retrieval
12 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: Contribution to journalReview article

Opioid Analgesics
Pain
Quality of Life
Therapeutics
Chronic Pain
5 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: Contribution to journalArticle

Opioid Analgesics
Substance-Related Disorders
Therapeutics
Chronic Pain
Veterans Health
2 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: Contribution to journalArticle

Opioid Analgesics
Substance-Related Disorders
Urine
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Referral and Consultation

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: Contribution to journalArticle

Suicidal Ideation
Violence
Opioid Analgesics
Prescriptions
Veterans Health
13 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: Contribution to journalReview article

Cannabis
Chronic Pain
Population
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: Contribution to journalArticle

Chronic Pain
Hepacivirus
Substance-Related Disorders
Cognitive Therapy
Alcohols
5 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: Contribution to journalArticle

Patient Acceptance of Health Care
Opioid Analgesics
Prescriptions
Pain
Morphine
4 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: Contribution to journalArticle

Veterans
Chronic Pain
Odds Ratio
Urine
Opioid Analgesics
2015
5 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: Contribution to journalArticle

Veterans
Hepatitis C
Anxiety
Depression
Pain
2 Citations
Substance-Related Disorders
Alcohol Abstinence
Time Management
Therapeutics
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: Contribution to journalArticle

Veterans
Chronic Pain
Pain
Opioid Analgesics
Prescriptions
1 Citations

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: Contribution to journalArticle

Psychometrics
Pain
Chronic Pain
Self Report
United States Department of Veterans Affairs
12 Citations
Veterans
Chronic Pain
Outpatients
Pain
Cohort Studies
7 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: Contribution to journalArticle

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: Contribution to journalArticle

Veterans
Chronic Pain
Opioid Analgesics
Prescriptions
Sleep
7 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: Contribution to journalArticle

Veterans
Hepacivirus
Pain
Catastrophization
Self Efficacy
3 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: Contribution to journalArticle

Practice Management
Veterans
Chronic Pain
Opioid Analgesics
Pain
52 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: Contribution to journalArticle

Veterans
Opioid Analgesics
Prescriptions
Pain
Therapeutics
2 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: Contribution to journalArticle

Methadone
Chronic Pain
Morphine
Therapeutics
Opioid Analgesics
22 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: Contribution to journalArticle

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: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Gambling
Psychology
39 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: Contribution to journalArticle

Opioid Analgesics
Substance-Related Disorders
Prescriptions
Pain
Catastrophization
16 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: Contribution to journalArticle

Veterans
Sex Characteristics
Pain
Chronic Pain
Opioid Analgesics
23 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: Contribution to journalArticle

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders
Chronic Pain
Depression
Pain
Veterans
31 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: Contribution to journalArticle

Hepatitis C
Interferon-alpha
Prospective Studies
Depression
Veterans
2012
5 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: Contribution to journalArticle

Veterans
Virus Diseases
Chronic Pain
Hepacivirus
Health Services
44 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: Contribution to journalArticle

Low Back Pain
Opioid Analgesics
Primary Health Care
Hypnotics and Sedatives
Odds Ratio
37 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: Contribution to journalArticle

Pain Measurement
Psychometrics
Pain
Veterans
Reproducibility of Results
37 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: Contribution to journalArticle

Chronic Pain
Smoking
Pain
Tobacco Products
Nicotine
2011
38 Citations
Chronic Pain
Opioid Analgesics
Substance-Related Disorders
Guidelines
Pain
26 Citations
Musculoskeletal Pain
Substance-Related Disorders
Primary Health Care
Pain
Chronic Pain
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: Contribution to journalArticle

Major Depressive Disorder
Chronic Hepatitis C
Virus Diseases
Viral Load
Treatment Failure
28 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: Contribution to journalArticle

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: Contribution to journalArticle

Gambling
Appointments and Schedules
Referral and Consultation
Coercion
Telephone
29 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: Contribution to journalArticle

Hepatitis C
Depression
Equipment and Supplies
Statistical Factor Analysis
Hepacivirus
67 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: Contribution to journalArticle

Substance-Related Disorders
Pain
Demography
Research
MEDLINE
2010
95 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: Contribution to journalArticle

Veterans
Opioid Analgesics
Pain
Chronic Pain
Demography
117 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: Contribution to journalArticle

Hepacivirus
Pain
Psychology
Pain Measurement
Medical Records
42 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: Contribution to journalArticle

Hepatitis C
Antidepressive Agents
Antiviral Agents
Citalopram
Placebos
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: Contribution to journalArticle

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: Contribution to journalArticle

Hepatitis C
Antiviral Agents
Psychiatry
Schizophrenia
Therapeutics