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ERIC Number: ED533525
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 128
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Managing Chronic Pain in Adults with or in Recovery from Substance Use Disorders. Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series 54
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Chronic noncancer pain (CNCP) is common in the general population as well as in people who have a substance use disorder (SUD) (Exhibit 1-1). Chronic pain is not harmless; it has physiological, social, and psychological dimensions that can seriously harm health, functioning, and well-being. As a multidimensional condition with both objective and subjective aspects, CNCP is difficult to assess and treat. Although CNCP can be managed, it usually cannot be completely eliminated. When patients with CNCP have comorbid SUD or are recovering from SUD, a complex condition becomes even more difficult to manage. This Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) is for primary care providers who treat or are likely to treat adult patients with or in recovery from SUDs who present with CNCP. Given the prevalence of CNCP in the population, this audience includes virtually all primary care providers. Addiction specialists, psychiatrists, nurses, and other clinicians may find information here that will help them ensure that their patients with CNCP receive adequate pain treatment. By providing a shared basic understanding of and a common language for these two chronic conditions, this TIP facilitates cooperation and communication between healthcare professionals treating pain and those treating addiction. This TIP equips clinicians with practical guidance and tools for treating CNCP in adults with histories of SUDs. It provides readers with information about SUD assessments and referrals for further evaluation. For patients with histories of SUDs, the most controversial and possibly hazardous pain treatment in widespread use is opioid treatment. For this reason, this topic receives significant attention in Chapters 3 and 4. Appended are: (1) Bibliography; (2) Assessment Tools and Resources; (3) CFR Sample Consent Form and List of Personal Identifiers; (4) Resources for Finding Complementary and Alternative Therapy Practitioners; (5) Field Reviewers; and (6) Acknowledgments. A section on patient education is also included as well as an index. (Contains 50 exhibits.)
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Support Staff
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (DHHS/PHS)