Clinical Guidelines for Opioid Use in Chronic Noncancer Pain

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By Roger Chou, MD, FACP
Associate Professor of Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, Director, Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center

Module Description: This module walks clinicians through the American Pain Society/American Academy of Pain Medicine guideline on use of opioids for chronic pain, including initial risk assessment, the decision to use opioids, how to initiate therapy, monitoring, use of higher doses, management of adverse events, and indications for discontinuation of opioids. Special challenges related to use of methadone and new evidence available since the publication of the guideline, and how it might impact future recommendations, is also highlighted.

Note: This online module is not designated for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.