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Renowned Expert on Opioids, Clinical Guidelines, and Systematic Reviews To Give Research Lecture

October 11, 2016
NCCIH Research Blog Team

Opioids are commonly prescribed for chronic pain, but what does the evidence say about their short- and long-term risks and benefits, and their potential for harm?

To shed light on this timely and complex question, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) is hosting Roger Chou, M.D., co-author of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recent Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, to present a lecture on Monday, October 17. Dr. Chou’s talk, “Opioids for Chronic Pain: Evidence, Guidelines, and Policy and Practice Implications,” will take place from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET in Building 10, Lipsett Auditorium, on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. It also will be streamed live on Facebook and the NIH videocast site. The event is part of NCCIH’s Integrative Medicine Research Lecture Series.

Dr. Chou is a professor in the Department of Medicine and Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology at Oregon Health & Science University. Board certified in internal medicine, Dr. Chou is director of the Clinical Guidelines Development at the American Pain Society (APS). He serves as a member of the Clinical Guidelines Committees of the American College of Physicians and the APS. He is also lead investigator and director of the Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center. His research interests include evaluating and managing pain (including low-back pain, postoperative pain, and the use of opioids), disease screening and prevention, diagnostic test evaluation, and developing systematic reviews and clinical guidelines.

In his NCCIH lecture, Dr. Chou will review epidemiological data on opioid prescribing, the evidence on benefits and harms of opioid therapies, and the CDC opioids guideline for chronic pain. Pain and its management are a top scientific interest and priority at NCCIH, where our particular focus is nonpharmacologic interventions.

We hope you can join us for what we anticipate will be a very interesting lecture.


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This will be interesting, as I am a writer/researcher on chronic diseases that cause chronic pain and I am also a pain patient. I am curious to know what, if any, changes in attitude about the use of opioids for life-long pain have been made. It seems that studies and general speak is coming out, giving with new “titles” for the patients who suffer and have been made to suffer even more with the reduction and/or elimination of pain medicine that has proven to work for millions of people. Things like “opioid use disorder,” and other names for users of this medicine has some sort of purpose on the side of the government, but to a patient, it has no meaning. We know what our diagnoses are, we know what our bodies can and can’t do, and we are the proof of what does and doesn’t work in medicine, alternate therapy and worsening of symptoms as we become older. Thank you, Dr. Chou, for providing this lecture.

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