Pain Management Resources

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The Practical Aspects of Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

Clinical Guidelines

CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain: United States 2016: This guideline provides recommendations for primary care clinicians who are prescribing opioids for chronic pain outside of active cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life care. The guideline addresses 1) when to initiate or continue opioids for chronic pain; 2) opioid selection, dosage, duration, follow-up, and discontinuation; and 3) assessing risk and addressing harms of opioid use.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)/Department of Defense (DOD) Clinical Practice Guidelines: The VA/DOD Clinical Practice Guidelines describe the critical decision points in the management of Opioid Therapy (OT) for chronic pain.

National Guideline Clearinghouse: National Guideline Clearinghouse consists of indexed summaries of clinical practice guidelines submitted by professional societies, national/state or regional hospital groups, and other practice associations. From the home page, providers have the ability to search within all current clinical guidelines. Providers may also generate side-by-side comparisons for any combination of two or more guidelines. To find or compare guidelines related to pain management, consider search terms including "pain assessment," "treatment of non-cancer pain" and "opioid prescribing."

State of Connecticut Worker’s Compensation Commission Medical Protocol for Opioids: Workers’ Compensation Medical Protocols first became effective on January 1, 1996 as a result of legislative changes to Section 31-280 of the Workers’ Compensation Act. The Workers’ Compensation Commission (WCC) uses these Medical Protocols to evaluate whether a particular treatment is reasonable and appropriate based on the diagnosis of a worker’s injury or illness. Opioid Management Protocols were created in 2012, because the WCC recognizes that some injured workers may require opioids to manage their acute and chronic pain. Proper opioid management is essential for the safe and efficient care of injured workers.

Discussion Paper - United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime/World Health Organization (UNODC/WHO) 2013: Opioid overdose, preventing and reducing opioid overdose mortality.

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