The 2017 Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain



The purpose of this clinical practice guideline is to provide guidance on the use of opioids to manage chronic non-cancer pain for adults (18 years of age or older). Chronic non-cancer pain, for purposes of this guideline, includes any painful condition that persists for ≥3 months that is not associated with a diagnosis of cancer.

The target audience of this guideline are those who prescribe opioids for the management of chronic non-cancer pain or create policy regarding this issue, including but not limited to:

• Primary care physicians

• Specialists who manage patients with chronic non-cancer pain

• Nurse practitioners

• Regulatory agencies and other policy makers

Secondary audiences for this guideline include:

• Patients living with chronic non-cancer pain

• Pharmacists

  • Other health care professionals who manage patients with chronic non-cancer pain
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