Informed consent in opioid therapy: a potential obligation and opportunity.

  title={Informed consent in opioid therapy: a potential obligation and opportunity.},
  author={Martin D Cheatle and Seddon R. Savage},
  journal={Journal of pain and symptom management},
  volume={44 1},
Most patients receiving opioids for the spectrum of pain disorders tolerate opioids well without major complications. However, a subset of this population encounters significant difficulties with opioid therapy (OT). These problems include protracted adverse effects, as well as misuse, abuse, and addiction, which can result in significant morbidity and mortality and make informed consent an important consideration. Opioid treatment agreements (OTAs), which may include documentation of informed… CONTINUE READING
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