APS's Methadone Safety Guideline provides recommendations for use of methadone treatment for individuals of chronic pain at all age levels. "More than 3,700 scientific abstracts were systematically reviewed by a panel to assist in developing the clinical recommendations," mentions lead author and APS Clinical Practice Guideline program chair, Roger Chou, MD. Key recommendations include patient assessment, education and counseling, baseline electrocardiograms, alternative medications, low beginning dose, and urine drug testing. Along with Dr. Chou, the guideline was developed by a multidisciplinary expert panel in collaboration with the Heart Rhythm Society. The methadone guideline is the eighth evidence-based, pain management clinical practice guideline published by APS. The guideline can be accessed by visiting The Journal of Pain website. Learn more.
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