Review of Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for Pain Finds Variable Quality — Physician’s First Watch
Review of Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for Pain Finds Variable Quality
By Joe Elia
In the face of increasing fatalities from prescription opioids, an examination of the available guidelines for their use in chronic noncancer pain finds variable quality but broad agreement on recommendations.
Writing in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers looked at 13 guidelines published since 2009. High marks for quality went to two: one published jointly by the American Pain Society and the American Academy of Pain Medicine and the other by the Canadian National Opioid Use Guideline Group. (We have provided links below.)