Journal Article

Improving adherence to long-term opioid therapy guidelines to reduce opioid misuse in primary care: a cluster-randomized trial.

Liebschutz JM; Xuan Z; Shanahan CW; LaRochelle M; Keosaian J; Beers D; Guara G; O'Connor K; Alford DP; Parker V; Weiss RD; Samet JH; Crosson J; Cushman PA; Lasser KE.

Adherence to prescribing guidelines may help mitigate misuse of prescription opioids. In this cluster-randomized trial, researchers found that a multicomponent intervention targeting primary care providers improved adherence to opioid prescribing guidelines. An accompanying editorial highlights challenges associated with chronic pain management and suggests directions for further research.