New Guidelines for Opioid Prescribing and What They Mean for Elders with Chronic Pain

Manu Thakral, PhD, ARNP

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute

 Learning Objectives

 

By the end of this lecture, you should be able to:

  • Describe what is known about the effectiveness and risks of long-term opioid therapy for chronic pain.
  • Discuss how to determine when opioids should be initiated or continued for chronic pain and when they should be discontinued.
  • Describe strategies that can be used to assess risk and address harm associated with opioid use.

[From the Winter 2018 Geriatric Healthcare Lecture Series]