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Opioid therapy for chronic pain. Pain, Opioids, and Addiction education series.

Krebs EE. Opioid therapy for chronic pain. Pain, Opioids, and Addiction education series. 2015 Feb 10.




Abstract:

Objectives 1) Recognize potential benefits and harms of longterm opioid therapy for chronic pain. 2) Describe gaps in the evidence for long-term opioid treatment of common chronic pain conditions. 3) Identify risk factors for opioid-related harm Focus of this talk Chronic pain Pain that persists and interferes with function Not associated with life-threatening/terminal illness Common conditions: chronic back pain and OA pain Opioids Natural and synthetic relatives of morphine Tramadol is an atypical opioid Long-term Prescribed for pain that is not expected to resolve Duration = months years decades lifetime?





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