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Chronic Noncancer Pain Opioid Recommendations

European Journal of Pain 2-Part Article

The European Journal of Pain published a 2-part clinical practice guideline: part 1 covers the role of opioids in the management of chronic noncancer pain (CNCP) and part 2, special situations. The position paper was commissioned by the European Pain Federation (EFIC). Eight scientific societies and a patient self-help organization developed the recommendations and a systemic MEDLINE search was done.

The paper states that, “Opioids remain a treatment option for some selected patients with CNCP under careful surveillance” and “detailed knowledge and experience are needed to adapt the opioid treatment to a special patient group and/or clinical situation and to manage side effects effectively.” Medical education was called for, along with multiprofessional and multimodal approaches, comprehensive pain treatment, and pain management research.


Read part 1 of the journal article.

Read part 2 of the journal article.