Podcast: Opioid guideline for management of chronic non-cancer pain

The new Canadian guideline presents evidence-based recommendations for prescribing of opioids for chronic non-cancer pain, including maximum dose recommendations, avoiding opioids in high-risk populations, and guidance for tapering.

Jason Busse, Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesia at McMaster University and researcher with the Michael G. DeGroote National Pain Centre in Hamilton, Ontario, co-authored the guideline (open access). In this podcast, he speaks with Dr. Diane Kelsall, interim editor-in-chief, CMAJ, and explains the recommendations.

Listen to the author interview:

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One thought on “Podcast: Opioid guideline for management of chronic non-cancer pain

  1. Rachel

    Once chronic, non-cancer pain is controlled and a patient enjoys a better quality of life, I find levels of anxiety and sadness decrease. To bar a patient from opioid treatment because they honestly admitted to some emotional distress or had the misfortune of being referred to psychiatry when it was perhaps not warranted, is not ethical. It is important to remember that chronic illness and fighting for proper treatment in our troubled health care system can, in itself, be traumatic.


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