Opioid Therapy – 12-Step Checklist

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Opioid Therapy – 12-Step Checklist 2017-08-07T13:41:46+00:00

Pain Doctor Follows a 12-Step Compliance Checklist for Long-Term Opioid Therapy

For opioid use, patients must have:

  1. Assessment of pain (0-10 scale)
  2. Current and updated medication list
  3. Review and documentation of patient’s social history, including substance abuse history
  4. Review of recent Prescription Drug Monitoring report
  5. Physical examination of painful areas
  6. Discussion and documentation of risks and benefits of opioid therapy
  7. Established goals of opioid treatment and reviewed goals (e.g., patient wants to have an increased ability to function)
  8. Clear documentation of rationale for opioid use (e.g., chronic lower back pain or degenerative disc disease)
  9. Clear documentation of beneficial clinical response to opioid use (e.g., decrease pain or increase function)
  10. Current and consistent urine drug test based upon patient risk stratification
  11. Prescribe Naloxone (rescue medication for opioid overdose) to all patients who receive a script for an opioid
  12. Patient has signed a Controlled Substance Agreement within last six (6) months

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