New report offers framework for developing evidence-based opioid prescribing guidelines for common medical conditions, surgical procedures

A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine concludes there is a lack of guidance on the appropriate type, strength, and amount of opioid medication that clinicians should prescribe to patients following surgeries and certain medical conditions.

A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine concludes there is a lack of guidance on the appropriate type, strength, and amount of opioid medication that clinicians should prescribe to patients following surgeries and certain medical conditions. A standardized process for developing clinical practice guidelines would provide dependable, evidence-based criteria for prescribing opioid analgesics, according to the report. It defined acute pain as sudden and lasting up to 90 days.