Guideline for prescribing opioids for chronic pain
Description:Determining when to initiate or continue opioids for chronic pain -- Opioid selection, dosage, duration, follow-up, and discontinuation -- Assessing risk and addressing harms of opioid use.
Improving practice through recommendations.
CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain is intended to improve communication between providers and patients about the risks and benefits of opioid therapy for chronic pain, improve the safety and effectiveness of pain treatment, and reduce the risks associated with long-term opioid therapy, including opioid use disorder and overdose. The Guideline is not intended for patients who are in active cancer treatment, palliative care, or end-of-life care.
Learn more: ww.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/prescribing/guideline.html
Fact sheet for: Dowell D, Haegerich TM, Chou R. CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain — United States, 2016. MMWR Recomm Rep 2016;65:1–49.
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