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2022 Mar 04

JMIR Res Protoc



Classification of Patients for Whom Benefit of Long-term Opioid Therapy No Longer Outweighs Harm: Protocol for a Delphi Study.


Van Cleve R, Edmond S, Snow J, Black AC, Pomeranz JL, Becker W
JMIR Res Protoc. 2022 Mar 04; 11(3):e33310.
PMID: 35254277.


Patients with chronic pain prescribed long-term opioid therapy may come to a point where the benefits of the therapy are outweighed by the risks and tapering is indicated. At the 2019 Veterans Health Administration State of the Art Conference, there was an acknowledgment of a lack of clinical guidance with regard to treating this subset of patients. Some of the participants believed clinicians and patients would both benefit from a new diagnostic entity describing this situation.