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HHS Guide for Clinicians on the Appropriate Dosage Reduction or Discontinuation of Long-Term Opioid Analgesics.

HHS Guide for Clinicians on the Appropriate Dosage Reduction or Discontinuation of Long-Term Opioid Analgesics. Washington DC: US Department of Health and Human Services. October 2019.

Deprescribing has the potential to result in patient harm. This publication reviews considerations for physicians to safely discontinue or taper long-term opiate therapy. Elements of the guidance discuss assessment of risk, individualized care plans, shared decision making, and patient support as components of safe practice.