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Patient Outcomes in Dose Reduction or Discontinuation of Long-Term Opioid Therapy: A Systematic Review

Background:
Expert guidelines recommend reducing or discontinuing long-term opioid therapy (LTOT) when risks outweigh benefits, but evidence on the effect of dose reduction on patient outcomes has not been systematically reviewed.

Conclusion:
Very low quality evidence suggests that several types of interventions may be effective to reduce or discontinue LTOT and that pain, function, and quality of life may improve with opioid dose reduction.

About Annals Articles

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Details

CME/MOC:

Up to 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™ and MOC Points
Expires July 18, 2020   active

Cost:

Free to Members

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Journal Articles

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Annals Articles

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