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

The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), as part of the Pan-Canadian Collaborative on Education for Improved Opioid Prescribing, and in response to Health Canada’s 2016 Joint Statement of Action to Address the Opioid Crisis, is partnering to provide educational resources for opioid prescribers. The Collaborative aims to address the harms associated with prescription opioids—including addiction, overdose, and death—while ensuring Canadians have timely and appropriate access to optimal treatments for acute and chronic pain.

The 2017 Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain, developed by the Michael G. DeGroote National Pain Centre at McMaster University, will assist health care providers in making practice decisions about the safe and effective use of opioids for chronic non-cancer pain management.

The CFPC is committed to providing its members with timely educational resources that promote safer prescribing and high quality patient care.

Links and Resources

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

The guideline is also available at https://www.magicapp.org/app#/guideline/1857
This is an interactive, dynamic app that features decision aids and facilitates decision making between patients and providers.

CMAJ podcast with Dr. Jason Busse, an associate professor in the Department of Anesthesia at McMaster University

The CFPC’s Addiction Medicine and Chronic Pain Program Committees have complied a list of related resources to assist family physicians in their daily clinical practices.

The Collaborative is composed of members from the following organizations:
  • The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse
  • The Canadian Medical Association
  • The Canadian Medical Protective Association
  • The College of Family Physicians of Canada
  • The Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland MDcme
  • Michael G. DeGroote National Pain Centre at McMaster University
  • The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

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