Stepwise approach for the prescription of opiates for non-cancer pain: a review of clinical evidence and guidelines

Record ID 32015000274
Authors' recommendations: No clinical evidence could be identified regarding the use of a stepwise approach (from lower to lower to higher potency) to the prescription of opioid analgesics for pain management in the emergency department or in-hospital setting. Guidelines for chronic pain or for pain management in the adult emergency department recommend the use of low dose and titrate cautiously, if opioids are indicated.
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2014
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Canada
MeSH Terms
  • Pain
  • Pain Management
  • Drug Prescriptions
Organisation Name: Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health
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