The opioid manager: a point-of-care tool to facilitate the use of the Canadian Opioid Guideline

J Opioid Manag. Jan-Feb 2012;8(1):57-61. doi: 10.5055/jom.2012.0097.

Abstract

The Opioid Manager is designed to be used as a point-of-care tool for providers prescribing opioids for chronic noncancer pain. It condenses the key elements from the Canadian Opioid Guideline and can be used as a chart insert. The Opioid Manager has been validated and is available for download from the Guideline's Web site http://nationalpaincentre.mcmaster.ca/opioidmanager/. The Opioid Manager is divided into the following four parts: A) before you write the first script, B) initiation trial, C) maintenance and monitoring, and D) when is it time to decrease the dose or stop the opioid completely? The Opioid Manager has been downloaded by 1,432 users: 47 percent family physicians, 18 percent pharmacists, 13 percent other physicians, and 22 percent miscellaneous. To show how to use the Opioid Manager, the authors created a 10-minute video that is available on the Internet. The Opioid Manager is being translated to French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Farsi.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Analgesics, Opioid / administration & dosage
  • Analgesics, Opioid / therapeutic use*
  • Canada
  • Chronic Pain / drug therapy*
  • Data Collection
  • Drug Monitoring
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Language
  • Point-of-Care Systems*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians'

Substances

  • Analgesics, Opioid