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Smaller Quantity Opioid Prescribing for Acute Pain: Clinical Effectiveness and Guidelines

Last updated: June 14, 2019
Project Number: RA1039-000
Product Line: Rapid Response
Research Type: Drug
Report Type: Reference List
Result type: Report


  1. What is the clinical effectiveness of prescribing opioids in smaller quantities for patients with acute pain?
  2. What are the evidence-based guidelines associated with opioid prescribing for patients with acute pain?

Key Message

One systematic review of guidelines, two non-randomized studies, and four evidence-based guidelines were identified regarding smaller quantity opioid prescribing for acute pain.