This Viewpoint argues that abandoning opioids on principal may be premature and could harm patients successfully treating their chronic pain with opioids.
This Viewpoint advocates for reducing opioid misuse among primary care patients with chronic pain through a comprehensive approach emphasizing shared decision making, nonpharmacological treatments, nonopioid therapy, and a focus on functional improvement rather than pain elimination.
This Medical News article discusses an NIH review of complementary health approaches to chronic pain.
This Viewpoint discusses challenge of determining appropriate therapies for chronic pain as federal guidelines emphasize efforts to decrease opioid abuse while some US states initiate legalized medical use of cannabis.
This Medical News feature examines mindfulness meditation as a nonpharmacologic approach to managing chronic pain.
This guideline from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention makes 12 recommendations to improve communication about opioids for chronic pain, to improve the safety and effectiveness of pain treatment, and to reduce risks associated with long-term opioid therapy.
This synopsis of a medicine grand rounds conference uses an example of a patient with chronic low back pain as the basis for discussing the use of medical marijuana for treating chronic pain and other disorders.
This meta-analysis summarizes the effectiveness of cannabis and cannabinoids for managing medical and psychotic disorders, including chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, chronic pain, and mood and sleep disorders.
This Viewpoint discusses how the Institute of Medicine stands behind the estimate that 100 million Americans have chronic pain and the committee’s recommendation that better data are needed to create the cultural transformation required to reduce the effects of pain in America.
Raebel and colleagues compare use of opioid medications for chronic pain 1 year before bariatric surgery vs 1 year after in a retrospective cohort study of 11 719 US patients from 2005 through 2009. In an Editorial, Alford discusses risks associated with opioid use and decreasing the need for chronic opioid therapy.
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