Pain Management

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CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have put together a set of guidelines that provide recommendations for prescribing opioid pain medication for patients 18 and older in primary care settings. Recommendations focus on the use of opioids in treating chronic pain (pain lasting longer than 3 months or past the time of normal tissue healing) outside of active cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life care.

VA/DoD Management of Opioid Therapy (OT) for Chronic Pain

Produced by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, this 45 minute video describes the critical decision points in the Management of Opioid Therapy (OT) for Chronic Pain and provides clear and comprehensive evidence-based recommendations for incorporating current information and practices for practitioners throughout the Department of Defense (DoD) and Veteran Affairs (VA) Health Care systems. Workgroup consensus statements are provided to minimize harm and increase patient safety in patients requiring opioid therapy.

Chart of Evidence-Based Screening Tools and Assessments for Adults and Adolescents

In June 2018, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Clinical Trials Network has updated scientifically validated, online screening tools designed to assess a patient’s risk for substance misuse and substance use disorder and assist health care providers with prevention and treatment strategies.


CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain Factsheet

This quick reference sheet provides links to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guideline for prescribing opioids, as well as a variety of other clinical implementation tools, factsheets and videos about the risks and benefits of opioid therapy for chronic pain, improving the safety and effectiveness of pain treatment, and reducing the risks associated with long-term opioid therapy.

Tapering Guidance for Opioids: Existing Best Practices and Evidence Standards

The Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic hosted a public webinar in July 2019 on best practices and evidence standards for opioid tapering. The webinar featured experts who discussed current guidance for opioid tapering, how this guidance is applied in practice, and the strength of the evidence behind these protocols. Five panelists presented patient case scenarios and discussed pain management challenges through patient and caregiver perspectives, in order to inform best practices and identify evidence gaps.