Opioids and Chronic Non-Cancer Pain: an evidence based clinical practice guideline

The Michael G. DeGroote National Pain Centre guideline group at McMaster University along with our guideline panel formulated eleven evidence-based recommendations and one good practice statement (GPS) for the update of the 2017 guidelines on Opioids and Chronic Non-Cancer Pain. The aim of these recommendations and good practice statement is to provide guidance for healthcare providers, patients, caregivers, policymakers, and the public.
 
We would like to invite the public to provide input on the draft recommendations and GPS prior to publication and dissemination. We welcome comments from anyone interested in providing feedback including health care professionals, researchers, policymakers, representatives of industry and insurance companies, people with lived experience, caregivers of people with lived experience, and members of the public.
 
The survey should take no more than 20 minutes to complete.

Process for Consideration of Comments Received
All comments received during the open comment period will be reviewed prior to finalizing the guideline. Public comments cannot change the strength or direction of the recommendations; however, they can inform the following:
1)     Language of the recommendations/GPS to reduce the risk of misinterpretation.
2)     Associated remarks to support the adoption of the recommendation.
3)     Supporting text to clearly explain how judgments or certain recommendations were made.
4)     Implementation and monitoring and evaluation considerations.
5)     Our communication and implementation plan for the guidelines.
6)     Future updates of the guidelines.

Questions?
Please contact Andrea Darzi (darzia@mcmaster.ca) or Jason Busse (bussejw@mcmaster.ca) with inquiries.

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