Quality Improvement and Care Coordination: Implementing the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) aims to save lives and prevent prescription opioid misuse, opioid use disorder (OUD), and overdose by equipping providers with the knowledge, tools, and guidance they need. The purpose of this document is to encourage careful and selective use of opioid therapy in the context of managing chronic pain through (a) an evidence-based prescribing guideline, (b) quality improvement (QI) measures to advance the integration of the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain (CDC Prescribing Guideline) into clinical practice, and (c) practice-level strategies to improve care coordination. These QI measures are intended to help incorporate the science contained in the CDC Prescribing Guideline in clinical workflow. This QI framework is nimble and flexible so that healthcare systems and practice leaders can pick interventions that are responsive to the unique conditions in their practice and patient population.

Click here to access this guideline.

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