Rational and Irrational Use of Opioids

Source: Partnership Health Plan of California/A. Rubinstein

This 2015 37 minute presentation from a Kaiser Permanente anesthesiologist reviews the evidence for opioid safety and efficacy in treating pain, describes potential complications and comorbidities that might complicate opioid prescribing, how to consider the risks and benefits when making a prescribing decision, and describes how to work with patients to mitigate risks if opioids are prescribed. Includes discussions of patient cases.

Funding Source:  Partnership Health Plan of California, Kaiser Permanente