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Smaller Quantity Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain: Clinical Effectiveness and Guidelines

Last updated: June 28, 2019
Project Number: RA1041-000
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 chronic non-cancer pain?
  2. What are the evidence-based guidelines associated with opioid prescribing for patients with chronic non-cancer pain?

Key Message

One non-randomized study and three evidence-based guidelines were identified regarding short-term prescribing of opioids for patient with chronic non-cancer pain.