Utah clinical guidelines on prescribing opioids for treatment of pain

J Pain Palliat Care Pharmacother. 2010 Sep;24(3):219-35. doi: 10.3109/15360288.2010.503265.


Utah Clinical Guidelines on Prescribing Opioids for Treatment of Pain were produced and made available to medical providers in March 2009. These guidelines were developed by a multidisciplinary consensus panel after a review of existing evidence-based guidelines. Common recommendations were compiled and presented to the panel for review. The guidelines consist of a set of recommendations for both acute and chronic pain. A second panel reviewed existing tools for providers and determined the need for any new tools. The final guidelines include 20 tools for providers to use in their practice. The complete version of the guidelines and the accompanying tools are available at: www.useonlyasdirected.org or www.health.utah.gov/prescription.

Publication types

  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Analgesics, Opioid / therapeutic use*
  • Chronic Disease
  • Drug Prescriptions
  • Pain / drug therapy*
  • Utah


  • Analgesics, Opioid