27 Apr 2018 | Medication Safety
Chronic pain should be carefully evaluated to decide which analgesic (pain reliever) is appropriate.
Opioid use is avoided wherever possible for chronic pain and depends on the patient’s response to other analgesics.
It is important to provide a plan for each patient that guides appropriate use of the analgesic, including personalised information on when medication should be reduced or stopped.
You can view national prescribing trends in the opioid domain of the Commission's Atlas of Healthcare Variation, and use the audit tool from bpacNZ to audit your use of opioids for chronic pain (links below).