Patient education and information gathering are important initial approaches to managing concerning behaviors such as missing appointments or taking more opioid medication than prescribed.
Helping patients understand individualized reasons for opioid tapering and encouraging them to provide input into the process are key for patient-provider communications.
Behavioral techniques such as motivational interviewing may facilitate the tapering process.
At PAINWeek, Dr Hah focused on the risks of long-term opioid use for chronic noncancer pain and reviewed guidelines regarding the tapering of these medications.
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