Evidence for Practice
Even the most brilliant discoveries cannot improve patient outcomes until they are implemented in practice. AHRQ turns research into practice. The first step is establishing the evidence for what works.
USPSTF Recommendation Statements
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in disease prevention and evidence-based medicine. USPSTF Recommendation Statements related to Opioids include:
- Counseling for Illicit Drug Use Prevention in Children/Adolescents.
- Prevention of Opioid Use Disorder: Interventions.
- Drug Use in Adolescents and Adults, Including Pregnant Women: Screening.
AHRQ's Evidence Based Practice Center Program reviews provide the foundation for guidelines, policy, and coverage decisions for pain management, appropriate opioid use, and prevention and treatment of opioid use disorder.
- Prevention, Diagnosis, and Management of Opioids, Opioid Misuse and Opioid Use Disorder in Older Adults
- The Effectiveness and Risks of Long-Term Opioid Treatment of Chronic Pain
- Noninvasive Nonpharmacological Treatments for Chronic Pain: An Update
- Nonopioid Pharmacologic Treatments for Chronic Pain
- Opioid Treatments for Chronic Pain
- Treatment for Acute Pain An Evidence Map.
- Treatment of Acute Migraine (protocol to be posted late 2019)
- Acute Pain Management by EMS in the Prehospital Setting.
- Interventions for Substance Abuse Treatment in Adolescents.
- Management of Suspected Opioid Overdose with Naloxone by Emergency Medical Services Personnel.
- Medication-Assisted Treatment Models of Care for Opioid Use Disorder in Primary Care Setting.
Patient Safety Primer on Opioids
The Patient Safety Network (PSNet) has published a Patient Safety Primer on Opioids. The Opioids Guide covers the origins of the opioid epidemic and interventions to improve opioid safety. This is part of a series of guides for key topics in patient safety through context, epidemiology, and relevant AHRQ PSNet content.