Benjamin Morasco

Associate Professor

  • 2376 Citations
  • 31 h-Index
20002019
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Research Output 2000 2019

  • 2376 Citations
  • 31 h-Index
  • 79 Article
  • 5 Review article
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Comment/debate
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2019

Correlates of Benzodiazepine Use and Adverse Outcomes among Patients with Chronic Pain Prescribed Long-term Opioid Therapy

Yarborough, B. J. H., Stumbo, S. P., Stoneburner, A., Smith, N., Dobscha, S. K., Deyo, R. A. & Morasco, B. J., Jan 1 2019, In : Pain Medicine (United States). 20, 6, p. 1148-1155 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Benzodiazepines
Chronic Pain
Opioid Analgesics
Prescriptions
Hospital Emergency Service
Chronic Pain
Opioid Analgesics
Prescriptions
Musculoskeletal Pain
Impulsive Behavior

Impact of hepatitis C treatment on pain intensity, prescription opioid use and arthritis

Kumthekar, A., Shull, S., Lovejoy, T., Morasco, B., Chang, M. & Barton, J., Jan 1 2019, In : International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Hepatitis C
Opioid Analgesics
Arthritis
Prescriptions
Pain
1 Citation (Scopus)

Marijuana Use Is Not Associated With Changes in Opioid Prescriptions or Pain Severity Among People Living With HIV and Chronic Pain

Merlin, J. S., Long, D., Becker, W. C., Cachay, E. R., Christopolous, K. A., Claborn, K. R., Crane, H. M., Edelman, E. J., Lovejoy, T., Mathews, W. C., Morasco, B., Napravnik, S., OʼCleirigh, C., Saag, M. S., Starrels, J. L., Gross, R. & Liebschutz, J. M., Jun 1 2019, In : Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999). 81, 2, p. 231-237 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Cannabis
Chronic Pain
Opioid Analgesics
Prescriptions
HIV

Optimizing pain treatment interventions (OPTI): A pilot randomized controlled trial of collaborative care to improve chronic pain management and opioid safety—Rationale, methods, and lessons learned

Seal, K. H., Borsari, B., Tighe, J., Cohen, B. E., Delucchi, K., Morasco, B., Li, Y., Sachs, E., Abadjian, L., Watson, E. C., Manuel, J. K., Vella, L., Trafton, J. & Midboe, A., Feb 1 2019, In : Contemporary Clinical Trials. 77, p. 76-85 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Pain Management
Chronic Pain
Opioid Analgesics
Veterans
Randomized Controlled Trials
1 Citation (Scopus)
Opioid Analgesics
Safety
Prescriptions
Interviews
Chronic Pain
2018
3 Citations (Scopus)

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

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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Opioid Analgesics
Pain
Prescriptions
Public Health
Pediatrics
2 Citations (Scopus)

Changes in pain intensity after discontinuation of long-term opioid therapy for chronic noncancer pain

McPherson, S., Lederhos Smith, C., Dobscha, S., Morasco, B., Demidenko, M. I., Meath, T. H. A. & Lovejoy, T., Oct 1 2018, In : Pain. 159, 10, p. 2097-2104 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Chronic Pain
Opioid Analgesics
Pain
Therapeutics
United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Opioid Analgesics
Referral and Consultation
Pain
Analgesics
Therapeutics
1 Citation (Scopus)

Clinician Response to Aberrant Urine Drug Test Results of Patients Prescribed Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain

Morasco, B., Krebs, E. E., Adams, M. H., Hyde, S., Dobscha, S. & Dobscha, S. K., Jan 1 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Clinical Journal of Pain.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Chronic Pain
Opioid Analgesics
Urine
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Risk Reduction Behavior
1 Citation (Scopus)

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., Deyo, R. R. & Morasco, B., 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
Electronic Health Records
Cannabis
Health
Urine
Pharmaceutical Preparations
4 Citations (Scopus)

Increased sleep disturbances and pain in veterans with comorbid traumatic brain injury and posttraumatic stress disorder

Balba, N. M., Elliott, J. E., Weymann, K., Opel, R. A., Duke, J. W., Oken, B., Morasco, B., Heinricher, M. & Lim, M., Nov 15 2018, In : Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. 14, 11, p. 1865-1878 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Veterans
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders
Sleep
Pain
Traumatic Brain Injury
1 Citation (Scopus)

Linkage of VA and State Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Data to Examine Concurrent Opioid and Sedative-Hypnotic Prescriptions among Veterans

Carlson, K., Gilbert, T. A., Morasco, B., Wright, D., Van Otterloo, J., Herrndorf, A. & Cook, L. J., Jan 1 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Health Services Research.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Veterans Health
United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Prescription Drugs
Drug Monitoring
Veterans
3 Citations (Scopus)

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., Deyo, R. R., Green, C. A. & Morasco, B., 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
2 Citations (Scopus)

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., Smith, N. X., Yarborough, B. J., Deyo, R. R. & Morasco, B., Jan 1 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Pain.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Opioid Analgesics
Pain
Therapeutics
Self Efficacy
Depression
1 Citation (Scopus)
Opioid Analgesics
Urine
Cannabis
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Prescriptions
2017
11 Citations (Scopus)

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

Lovejoy, T., Morasco, B., Demidenko, M. I., Meath, T. H. A., Frank, J. W. & Dobscha, S., 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
5 Citations (Scopus)

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., Morasco, B., Demidenko, M. I., Meath, T. H. A., Frank, J. W. & Lovejoy, T., 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
14 Citations (Scopus)

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

Demidenko, M. I., Dobscha, S., Morasco, B., Meath, T. H. A., Ilgen, M. A. & Lovejoy, T., 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
2016
4 Citations (Scopus)
Veterans
Chronic Pain
Opioid Analgesics
Substance-Related Disorders
Prescriptions
5 Citations (Scopus)
Chronic Pain
Hepacivirus
Substance-Related Disorders
Cognitive Therapy
Alcohols
16 Citations (Scopus)

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

Morasco, B., Yarborough, B. J., Smith, N. X., Dobscha, S., Deyo, R. R., 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
5 Citations (Scopus)

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

Morasco, B., Peters, D., Krebs, E. E., Kovas, A. E., Hart, K. & Dobscha, S., 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
7 Citations (Scopus)

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

Adams, M. H., Lovejoy, T., Turk, D. C., Dobscha, S., Hauser, P. & Morasco, B., 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 (Scopus)
Substance-Related Disorders
Alcohol Abstinence
Time Management
Therapeutics
Randomized Controlled Trials
8 Citations (Scopus)

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

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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Veterans
Chronic Pain
Pain
Opioid Analgesics
Prescriptions
2 Citations (Scopus)

Psychometric Properties of the Centrality of Pain Scale

Morasco, B., 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
20 Citations (Scopus)

Short-Term Variability in Outpatient Pain Intensity Scores in a National Sample of Older Veterans with Chronic Pain

Dobscha, S., Morasco, B., Kovas, A. E., Peters, D., Hart, K. & McFarland, B., May 1 2015, In : Pain Medicine (United States). 16, 5, p. 855-865 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Veterans
Chronic Pain
Outpatients
Pain
Cohort Studies
10 Citations (Scopus)

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

Morasco, B., Krebs, E. E., Cavanagh, R., Hyde, S., Crain, A. & Dobscha, S., 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
13 Citations (Scopus)

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

Morasco, B., O'Hearn, D., Turk, D. C. & Dobscha, S., 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
12 Citations (Scopus)

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

Morasco, B., Lovejoy, T., Turk, D. C., Crain, A., Hauser, P. & Dobscha, S., 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
4 Citations (Scopus)

Comparison of health service use among veterans with methamphetamine versus alcohol use disorders

Morasco, B., O'Neil, M., Duckart, J. P. & Ganzini, L., 2014, In : Journal of Addiction Medicine. 8, 1, p. 47-52 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Methamphetamine
Veterans
Health Services
Alcohols
Odds Ratio
2013
14 Citations (Scopus)

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

Morasco, B., Cavanagh, R., Gritzner, S. & Dobscha, S., 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
69 Citations (Scopus)

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

Dobscha, S., Morasco, B., Duckart, J. P., MacEy, T. & Deyo, R. R., 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
5 Citations (Scopus)

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

Macey, T. A., Weimer, M., Grimaldi, E. M., Dobscha, S. & Morasco, B., 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
28 Citations (Scopus)

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

Deyo, R. R., Smith, D. H. M., Johnson, E. S., Tillotson, C. J., Donovan, M., Yang, X., Petrik, A., Morasco, B. & Dobscha, S., 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
51 Citations (Scopus)

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

Morasco, B., Turk, D. C., Donovan, D. M. & Dobscha, S., 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
24 Citations (Scopus)

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

Weimer, M., Macey, T. A., Nicolaidis, C., Dobscha, S., Duckart, J. P. & Morasco, B., 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
44 Citations (Scopus)

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

Morasco, B., Lovejoy, T., Lu, M., Turk, D. C., Lewis, L. & Dobscha, S., 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
34 Citations (Scopus)

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

Loftis, J., Patterson, A. L., Wilhelm, C., McNett, H., Morasco, B., 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
6 Citations (Scopus)

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

Lovejoy, T., Dobscha, S., Cavanagh, R., Turk, D. C. & Morasco, B., 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
54 Citations (Scopus)

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

Kobus, A., Smith, D. H., Morasco, B., Johnson, E. S., Yang, X., Petrik, A. F. & Deyo, R. R., 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
46 Citations (Scopus)

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

Lovejoy, T., Turk, D. C. & Morasco, B., 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
54 Citations (Scopus)

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., Turk, D. C. & Morasco, B., 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
49 Citations (Scopus)
Chronic Pain
Opioid Analgesics
Substance-Related Disorders
Guidelines
Pain
34 Citations (Scopus)
Musculoskeletal Pain
Substance-Related Disorders
Primary Health Care
Pain
Chronic Pain
2 Citations (Scopus)

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

Loftis, J., Morasco, B. & 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
39 Citations (Scopus)

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

Macey, T. A., Morasco, B., Duckart, J. P. & Dobscha, S., 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
21 Citations (Scopus)

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., 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