About this resource:
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Last Reviewed: March 2016
This guideline provides recommendations for primary care providers who prescribe opioids for chronic pain outside of active cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life care. It includes information on:
- Deciding when to start or continue opioids for chronic pain
- Selecting opioid type, dosage, and duration
- Assessing the risks of opioid use
- Dealing with harms related to opioid use
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention used a framework to develop the guideline and made recommendations based on scientific evidence plus consideration of benefits and harms, values and preferences, and resources.
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Dowell, D., Haegerich, T. M., & Chou, R. (2016). CDC guideline for prescribing opioids for chronic pain—United States, 2016. Jama, 315(15), 1624-1645.