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CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain: Recommendations  

Author:  D. Dowell.; T.M. Haegerich.; R. Chou.

Source: Volume 17, Number 03, March/April 2016 , pp.35-50(16)

Correctional Health Care Report

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This is the full text of the “Recommendations” section of the guidelines. There are twelve principle recommendations covering three basic areas of practice: determining when to initiate or continue opioids for chronic pain; opioid selection, dosage, duration, follow-up, and discontinuation; and assessing risk and addressing harms of opioid use. The complete guidelines are available from the CDC in html at no charge at http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/rr/rr6501e1.htm. Subscribers to Correctional Health Care Report can access the “Recommendations” here at no charge by clicking “Open This Article” and providing log in credentials. Non-subscribers can access the “Recommendations” for a $7 courtesy service fee. The complete guidelines,“CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain — United States, 2016” by Dowell D, Haegerich TM, Chou, R are at http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/rr/rr6501e1.htm and also at DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.rr6501e1

Keywords: Centers for Disease Control; Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

Affiliations:  1: Centers for Disease Control; 2: Centers for Disease Control; 3: Centers for Disease Control.

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