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Evidence to Improve Care

Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain

A quality standard currently in development



This quality standard addresses care for people 15 years of age and older with chronic pain who have been prescribed or are considering opioids. It applies to all care settings. It does not address opioid prescribing for acute pain or end-of-life care, or address opioid use disorder.

In addition to this quality standard, Health Quality Ontario has developed two other quality standards related to opioids: Opioid Prescribing for Acute Pain and Opioid Use Disorder (Opioid Addiction).

The work on this quality standard started in July 2016.

Public feedback phase: September 2017

We want to hear from you.

Patients, families and health care professionals have partnered together on these draft guides to define what quality care looks like. Your opinion is very important to us as we strive to create a helpful product.

Read the patient and clinician guides and let us know what you think using the purple button below. We appreciate your feedback.

Even before finalized, you may also wish to use these draft standards to support your care.

Date posted: September 7, 2017

Closing date for feedback: September 28, 2017

Patient Reference Guide

Patients: Know what to ask for in your care

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Clinical Guide

Health care professionals: know and offer the highest quality care based on the best available evidence

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