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The Role of Opioids in the Treatment of Chronic Pain, Pathways to Prevention. September 29-30, 2014

Final Report

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Press Release

An unbiased, independent panel developed a final report of the 2014 NIH Pathways to Prevention Workshop: The Role of Opioids in the Treatment of Chronic Pain, which summarizes the workshop and identifies future research priorities.

Annals of Internal Medicine

The Annals of Internal Medicine published an abridged versionExternal Website Policy of the final report for the Pathways to Prevention Workshop: The Role of Opioids in the Treatment of Chronic Pain. The abridged versionExternal Website Policy provides a condensed overview of the information and recommendations outlined in the final report.


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Program Book

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The program book provides attendees with a workshop overview and agenda, presentation summaries, speaker biographies, and financial disclosures from planners and presenters. The program book also lists working group and panel members, Office of Disease Prevention staff, and educational planners.


Evidence Report

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This evidence report is based on research conducted by the Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center under contract to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The report seeks to address the identified workshop questions:

  • What is the long-term effectiveness of opioids for treatment for chronic pain?
  • What are the safety and harms of opioids in patients with chronic pain?
  • What are the effects of different opioid management strategies?
  • What is the effectiveness of risk mitigation strategies for opioid treatment?

The information in this report is intended to help health care decision-makers—patients and clinicians, health system leaders, and policymakers, among others—make well-informed decisions and thereby improve the quality of health care services.


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