23 March 2017

Appropriate Opioid Use in Chronic Pain Management

This guideline document is produced by the European Pain Federation (EFIC) in order to provide a fair, balanced and evidence-based summary regarding the role of opioid use in pain management. Athough it is published in Europe it recognises some important facts that impact on all countries;

  • it is a mjaor economic cost
  • it is under recognised and under treated
  • major economic cost
  • major public health concern

It provides expert recommendations for primary care physicians and other non- specialist healthcare professionals, particularly those who do not have ready access to specialists in pain medicine, on the safe and appropriate use of opioid medications as part of a multi-faceted approach to pain management, in properly selected and supervised patients.

O'Brien, T. [et al]. (2017). European Pain Federation position paper on appropriate opioid use in chronic pain management. European Journal of Pain, 21(1), 3-19 (Open access) 

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