Implementation of a formal treatment agreement for outpatient management of chronic nonmalignant pain with opioid analgesics.

@article{Burchman1995ImplementationOA,
  title={Implementation of a formal treatment agreement for outpatient management of chronic nonmalignant pain with opioid analgesics.},
  author={S L Burchman and Paul S. Pagel},
  journal={Journal of pain and symptom management},
  year={1995},
  volume={10 7},
  pages={556-63}
}
We describe the creation and implementation of a formal treatment agreement between patients suffering from chronic nonmalignant pain and the pain management team at our institution. Key features of the agreement include acknowledgement that previous treatment strategies have been inadequate, use of extensive written explanations of the side effects and risks of opioid therapy (including the potential for addiction), outlining of the conditions under which therapy will be conducted, creation of… CONTINUE READING

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