The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) recently released an updated version of its guidelines for prescribers in the use of opioid therapy for chronic pain. The revised document draws on recent advisories from the CDC and the FDA, and is intended to reflect the most current science for opioids in chronic pain management, according to Humayun Chaundry, DO, president and CEO of the FASM. IN general, the new guidelines advocate the position that the goal of pain management should be an acceptable level of pain control vs complete elimination of pain. They also emphasize the importance of individualization of the treatment plan, and the sharing of goals and objectives with patients and caregivers.
Key components of the revised guidelines include:
A news story about the new guidelines, with link to the full document from the FSMB, may be read here.
Posted on June 26, 2017