Opioids are a vital tool for treating, in particular, acute, and in some patients, chronic pain. Yet they also come with great potential for dependence, addiction, and abuse, as the last decade of increased use of potent opioids and patient harm have emphasized. However, careful screening of patients, treatment planning, and frequent reassessment of treatment outcomes and patient status can reduce these risks.
Remember the 7 steps to safer and more effective management of opioid prescriptions:
- Determine Pain Etiology
- Perform Assessments
- Provide Prognosis and Obtain Informed Consent
- Discuss Treatment Options
- Create a Written Treatment Agreement
- Regularly Reassess Treatment
- Document Everything
And you will be improving the odds of successful treatment outcomes for each and every one of your patients.