Are Physicians Safely Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Noncancer Pain? A Systematic Review of Current Evidence.

@article{Tournebize2016ArePS,
  title={Are Physicians Safely Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Noncancer Pain? A Systematic Review of Current Evidence.},
  author={Juliana Tournebize and Val{\'e}rie Gibaja and Amandine Muszczak and Jean Pierre Kahn},
  journal={Pain practice : the official journal of World Institute of Pain},
  year={2016},
  volume={16 3},
  pages={370-83}
}
BACKGROUND With rising prescription of opioid medications for chronic noncancer pain (CNCP) in the past years, opioid abuse and overdose deaths have increased in parallel. To ensure adequate treatment outcomes and reduce the risks linked with the chronic use of opioids, practitioner's adherence to treatment guidelines is essential. This study summarizes published recommendations about the strategies to reduce the risks associated with the chronic use of opioids and evaluates the adherence of… CONTINUE READING