New Opioid Guide Mobile App for Providers
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Posted by: Julie Alonso
New Mobile App for Providers Launching the Week of December 12
CDC’s new Opioid Guide App makes it easier to apply the recommendations in the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain into clinical practice by putting the entire guideline, tools and resources in the palm of your hand.
The mobile app is free, and available on both Android and Apple devices. The app’s features include:
A Morphine Milligram Equivalent (MME) Calculator - Patients prescribed higher opioid dosages are at higher risk of overdose death. Use the app to quickly calculate the total daily opioid dose (MME) to identify patients who may need closer monitoring, tapering, or other measures to reduce risk.
Prescribing Guidance - Access summaries of key recommendations or link to the full Guideline to help you make informed clinical decisions and protect your patients.
Motivational Interviewing (MI) - Use the interactive MI feature to practice effective communication skills and prescribe with confidence. To provide safer, more effective pain management, talk to your patients about the risks and benefits of opioids and work together towards treatment goals.
In addition to the release of the Mobile App, we want to make you aware of additional resources available, including the last of the COCA webinar series on prescribing opioids for chronic pain and videos available online that emphasize the need to assess both benefits and risks associated with the use of prescription opioids for chronic pain.
CDC has produced videos to help improve understanding about prescription opioids and to spur communication between prescribers and patients on this important topic. These tools complement the CDC Guideline and to educate patients and providers about opioids and their risks. Videos such as the one linked below can be easily used as a Public Service Announcements (PSA), shared on social media, or featured in trainings and presentations.
Even When Prescribed by a Doctor (raises general awareness about opioids)
Additional Guideline Resources
These and all other tool and resources are available and can be found on CDC’s webpage, including: