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VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guidelines


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Management of Opioid Therapy (OT) for Chronic Pain (2010)

Update of CPG in Progress

Cover page of the guideline document.The guideline describes the critical decision points in the Management of Opioid Therapy (OT) for Chronic Pain and provides clear and comprehensive evidence based recommendations incorporating current information and practices for practitioners throughout the DoD and VA Health Care systems. The workgroup consensus statements are provided to minimize harm and increase patient safety in patients requiring opioid therapy.

Disclaimer:This Clinical Practice Guideline is intended for use only as a tool to assist a clinician/healthcare professional and should not be used to replace clinical judgment.

About the CPG Guideline Links Patient-Provider Tools Related Guidelines
The guideline is formatted as a single algorithm with annotations.
Questions about the OT Guideline
OT Full Guideline (2010)
OT Summary (2010)
OT Pocket Card (2012)
OT Pocket Guide (2013)
Opioid Consult Referral Fact Sheet
Opioid For Primary Care Non-Cancer Pain
Opioid Managing Side Effects Fact Sheet
Opioid Tapering Fact Sheet
Opioid Therapy for Chroinc Pain Patient Tool
Substance Use Disorder (SUD)