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Informed Consent for Long-Term Opioid Therapy for Pain (7:27)

VHA Directive 1005, Informed Consent for Long-Term Opioid Therapy for Pain, defines long-term opioid therapy as “the medically indicated use of opioids on a daily or intermittent basis for 90 or more calendar days to treat non-cancer pain.” This podcast examines the personal and public health risks associated with long-term opioid therapy and discusses VHA policy on patient education and consent for long-term opioid therapy.

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 Discussion Points:

  • Describe the personal and public health risks associated with long-term opioid therapy
  • Identify the ethical basis for informed consent for long-term opioid therapy for pain
  • Describe the requirements related to signature and oral informed consent in VHA Directive 1005
  • Describe the requirements related to patient education in VHA Directive 1005
     

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