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Prescribing opioids in primary care: avoiding perils and pitfalls.

Authors
  • Broglio, Kathleen1
  • Cole, B Eliot
  • 1 Kathleen Broglio is a palliative care nurse practitioner at Columbia University Medical Center, an independent consultant, pain palliative care, and adjunct faculty at Pace University, New York, N.Y. B. Eliot Cole is a director of education at Nevada Psychiatric Association, Las Vegas, Nev. and a psychiatric locum tenems.
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Nurse practitioner
Publication Date
Jun 15, 2014
Volume
39
Issue
6
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000446868.79458.da
PMID: 24784857
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Millions of Americans have chronic pain for which chronic opioid therapy may be warranted. In light of recent abuse of these medications, clinicians must exercise caution and develop uniform approaches to prescribing. It is possible to assess for opioid risk and safely prescribe opioids.

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