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Patient-centered prescription opioid tapering in community outpatients with chronic pain.

Darnall BD, Ziadni MS, Stieg RL, et al. Patient-Centered Prescription Opioid Tapering in Community Outpatients With Chronic Pain. JAMA Intern Med. 2018;178(5):707-708. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.8709.

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March 7, 2018
Darnall BD, Ziadni MS, Stieg RL, et al. JAMA Intern Med. 2018;178:707-708.

This prospective cohort study found that many outpatients treated at a chronic pain clinic were willing to voluntarily taper opioid medications. Although nearly 40% of patients dropped out of the study, those that remained significantly reduced their opioid dosing. The authors suggest that offering a voluntary gradual opioid taper to patients with chronic pain may reduce their opioid dose.

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Darnall BD, Ziadni MS, Stieg RL, et al. Patient-Centered Prescription Opioid Tapering in Community Outpatients With Chronic Pain. JAMA Intern Med. 2018;178(5):707-708. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.8709.