Interagency Guideline on Prescribing Opioids for Pain

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Interagency Guideline on Prescribing Opioids for Pain

Description

The Interagency Guideline on Prescribing Opioids for Pain offers a balanced approach to pain management that includes recommendations for using opioids when appropriate. This is an updated version of the 2010 guideline. The 2015 guideline expands its focus to include opioid use in acute, subacute, and perioperative pain phases and in special populations. It also includes sections on tapering and opioid use disorder. This guideline followed a rigorous and transparent development process and is designed as an easy-to-use reference to help primary care clinicians; each section includes a set of clinical recommendations, supporting evidence, and resources.

The guideline includes the following sections: 

  • Introduction
  • Recommendations for all pain phases
  • Prescribing opioids in the acute and subacute phase
  • Opioids for perioperative pain
  • Prescribing opioids for chronic non-cancer pain
  • Reducing or discontinuing chronic opioid analgesic therapy (COAT)
  • Recognition and treatment of opioid use disorder
  • Chronic pain management in special populations
  • Appendices

Developer:

Washington State Agency Medical Directors' Group

Funding Sources:

Washington State Agency Medical Directors' Group

History

Release Date: 2015
Date Verified: 01/13/16
Original Summary: January 2016

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