Review gives top marks to 2 opioid prescribing guidelines

11/12/2013 | Medscape (free registration)

Experts who reviewed 13 opioid prescribing guidelines gave high marks to two -- one from APS and the American Academy of Pain Medicine and one from the Canadian National Opioid Use Guideline Group -- that apply to a broad range of adult patients and were deemed of excellent quality and well-researched and explained. The review in the Annals of Internal Medicine found seven guidelines were of low to intermediate quality and recommended against using the other four. Of the top two guidelines, researchers cited the APS-AAPM recommendation as offering a slightly better detailed summary of the research on which it was based.

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