A Structured Approach to Prescribing

What should be included in a full pain history?
Which types of pain respond to opioid therapy?
Timing considerations when prescribing opioids for long-term pain
Practicalities of the opioid trial
Choice of drug, formulation and route, agreeing outcomes, arranging reviews and documentation
Repeat prescribing of opioids
When to stop; preparing the patient and strategies for dose reduction
Considerations when switching opioids
A checklist for prescribers initiating opioid treatment
General considerations when prescribing as well as for acute pain, chronic pain and palliative care